Friday, June 30, 2006

The End of Pride

It's time to stop parading and start marching, for Jack and Ennis' sake.
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I caught up with Brokeback Mountain the other day. I don't know about you, but I usually wait quite a while to see new movies, and the more fuss and flackery there is, the longer I wait.
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So far as the world at large knew, that meant San Francisco and New York and Miami, but by 1970, anybody looking for congenial company in Houston or Denver or Seattle or even Oklahoma City didn't have to lurk in the shadows to find it. Didn't, that is, if they were white. Pretty much everyone familiar with the Stonewall legend knows that drag queens were among those present and active in the week of demonstrations and riots; fewer recall that lesbians were there, too; but lost in most versions of the story is the fact that Stonewall's main clientele was black, Hispanic, and Asian, and it's documented fact that police overreaction during Sheridan Square's five days of rage was at least as much due to racial hostility as fear and hatred of queers. Gay Pride sprouted from a mulch of equal parts class, race, and gender, but before much time had passed, it had become a movement with rainbow pretensions but wholly dominated by educated, white, middle-class folks like me, and most likely you, too, dear reader.

I've been feeling more and more remote from the events of Gay Pride for years, but seeing Brokeback Mountain, even if I saw it differently than most, got me thinking hard again about what it's for, about just what it is that's being celebrated. Pride? Proud of what? Proud of our "difference"? Proud of our struggle to overcome fear, intimidation, and opposition?
See The End of Pride by Roger Downey ~ Seattle Weekly ~ June 21, 2006

The Stay Close Campaign

In 2002 PFLAG New York City took the lead in developing The Stay Close Campaign as awareness campaign to get the word out about the PFLAG organization to parents, families, teachers, clergy, politicians, GLBT people, and the general public.
Why This Campaign is So Important

* It is estimated that one in 4 families includes someone that is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered.

* 69% of GLBT youth report experiencing some form of harassment or violence, with 46% reporting verbal harassment, 36% reporting sexual harassment, 12% reporting physical harassment, and 6% reporting physical assault.

* Gay and lesbian youths are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than other youths.

* Of 1.3 million homeless children on America's streets, 500,000 are thought to be GLBT kids thrown out by their parents.
The Stay Close Campaign

PFLAG ~ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Noel stopped here yesterday on his way back from his vacation road trip

He spent the night with us last night and then this afternoon we went to the Olympia farmers market for lunch and a walk down on Percival's Landing.Here he is with Alec.

Stand Up With the War Resisters & Peacemakers!

This is an email from CODEPINK - a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.

June 29, 2006

Dear Gabi,

The Bush administration has repeatedly stated that when the Iraqis stand up, our soldiers will stand down. But when the Iraqi government and several armed groups tried to stand up by unveiling a serious reconciliation plan, the U.S. government scuttled this plan by forcing them to eliminate two key aspects of the original proposal—the withdrawal of U.S. troops and amnesty for Iraqis not involved in the killing of civilians. CODEPINK.

A courageous number of people, however, have decided to implement their own peace process: U.S. soldiers who are refusing to fight in this war. On Tuesday, CODEPINK participated in actions all over the country to support the first officer who refused to deploy to Iraq, Lt. Ehren Watada. "A war can end when the soldiers choose to stop fighting it," Lt. Watada said when he announced his decision to resist. He is joined in his resistance by Army Specialist Suzanne Swift, who refused to deploy with her Army unit to Iraq; she is now being held in Ft. Lewis and needs our support. These two brave soldiers are joined by hundreds of U.S. military personnel who have gone to Canada to avoid being sent to Iraq, and over 6,400 U.S. military who have deserted their posts. Read Ann Wright's article here.

Lt. Watada’s mom, Carolyn Ho, wrote to CODEPINK, “As a mother, I have evolved from fearing for his safety and for his future to the realization that there is a higher purpose to all that has transpired. My son no longer stands at the crossroads. He has chosen 'the road less traveled'.”

As part of that “road less traveled,” Lt. Watada and his mother have both decided to participate in the Troops Home Fast on July 4, and invite you to join them. The growing list of fasters includes Cindy Sheehan, Dick Gregory, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Graham Nash, Dolores Huerta, Julia Butterfly Hill and over 1,500 more. You can join us in DC or at home; you can fast for one day, one week or leave the process open-ended. Go to www.troopshomefast.org to learn, or sign up, or donate funds to make this fast as effective as possible.

Let’s stand up with those in the U.S. military who are taking peace into their own hands by refusing to fight. If enough of us stand up, the war-makers will be forced to stand down!

Standing tall,
Allison, Dana, Erin, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Katie, Medea, Meredith, Nancy, Rae, Samantha and Tiffany

P.S.

* Remember, you can join in many travel opportunities this summer, from a New Orleans work camp to Camp Casey in Crawford to a retreat/spa in Austin. Click here for info.

* Don't forget to forward this message to friends check out our online store to get your solidarity “I Support the Troops Home FAST” tshirts, tank tops and buttons!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Alec and I walked at Tumwater Falls yesterday


This totem pole is there looking over the falls.



A beautiful tree blossoming with it's white flowers in the sun.

There's Alec!

Above are fish ladders ~ made of cement ~ to help salmon swim upstream.

I love the cool rocks and the worn cement shapes.

And here is the view at the end of the Falls path.

Tide Pool of Time ~ a sculpture by Percivals Landing in downtown Olympia



yesterday's Olympian editorial ~ Show unity in face of hate group's rally

The group likes to prey on disenfranchised youths that might be susceptible to their venomous, ridiculous rhetoric about nonwhites stealing jobs from whites.
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Unity in the Community is using the neo-Nazi presence in the Olympia area to redouble its public education and research efforts, turning lemons into lemonade.

"Unity is poised as the polar opposite of all the things that the National Socialist Movement stands for," said Unity co-chair Reiko Callner, executive director of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct and a woman of Japanese-American, Jewish and Lithuanian lineage.

"We want to affirm the best of what Olympia is."

Read the whole 6/25/06 editorial ... Show unity in face of hate group's rally in yesterday's Olympian.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Divorced From Reality

The Constitutional Amendment We Really Need Would Protect Us from Family-Values Hypocrites—and Protect Family-Values Hypocrites from Themselves

Amendment: Congress shall recognize no votes or opinions about the sanctity and preservation of marriage from its members who have been divorced and/or remarried while their first spouses are still alive. (To say nothing of those who are married while not-so-secretly fucking someone on their staff.)
Read Divorced From Reality by Hank Stuever ~ June 22-28, 2006 ~ The Stranger

Article I was quoted in as part of The Olympian Sourcebook ~ Culture, activities support alternatives

From support groups, activities and events, South Sound has many options for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Culture, activities support alternatives by Diane Huber » June 25, 2006 » The Olympian » Visitor's Guide

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Join us for the Unity in the Community celebration ...


Unity in the Community
Sunday, July 2nd • 10 am - 5 pm
Sylvester Park • Olympia
Speakers • Music • Dance performance • Drumming
Spoken Word • Kid’s activities • Food booths

Happy anniversary, Alec!

In 1974 Alec and I said our vows of committment to each other in the basement of Everything for Everybody, where we lived and worked. Jack Scully ~ our boss and dear friend ~ officiated for us.

This right before the wedding:

That is Melinda, my maid of honor on the left. ~ That's me in the middle with all the hair and the big hat. ~ And there is my brother Michael on the right.


There is Alec to the left after the ceremony.
And there I am getting a kiss from Jack.

Happy 32nd anniversary to us! Not bad for a start, eh? :-)

neo-Nazis in Olympia

The National Socialist Movement NW has a permit for a rally on the Washington State capitol steps on July 3rd.

They have an annual event and this year its here, with camping they have arranged and suggested motels in the area ~ it will be a 3-day Nazi presence over the 4th of July weekend. And they want to recruit our white youth while they are here.

Alec and I have been working with Unity in the Community ~ a wonderful group of people and organizations.

We have been planning an event for July 2nd and doing a lot of education to prepare the community for this such as showing the film Not in Out Town about how Billings, Montana dealt with a situation like this.

There is information on the Unity in the Community website including posters to download (which we are asking everyone here to post in home and store and care windows as a visible statement of unity like Billings did with menorahs) and more.

A few NSM men have shown up at two of Unity's planning meetings so far. At the third they didn't show up, but we had police patrolling the area. Then last night we had a police officer standing outside the church while we met and as far as I know the NSM didn't come.

Some of the articles in the Olympian:
Groups mobilize against neo-Nazis ~June 19

They showed up Sunday ~ Father's Day ~ at the Downtown Neighborhood Association Street Fair:
Neo-Nazi fliers left on lawns ~ June 20

And this in today's (June 22) paper:
Neo-Nazi defense draws filmmakers Producers of 'Not in Our Town' in Olympia to document preparations for July rally.
There are links to more articles and to information in the sidebar to the right.

I want to thank The Olympian not only for their excellent coverage, but for donating advertising to Unity in the Community as truly committed members of this community they cover. I do appreciate that!

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And the Northwest National Socialist Movement website which is really awful is here if you want to take a look, but prepare yourself.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Alec took pictures of me when we took a walk on Percival's Landing this afternoon

Here are the pictures he took. This is right in the heart of downtown Olympia. This is a boardwalk along the bottom of Puget Sound where we walk when the weather is good. See the boats and the state capitol building way off on the hill:















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Monday, June 19, 2006

Groups mobilize against neo-Nazis

OLYMPIA - After three encounters with neo-Nazis in Olympia, local groups are planning what to do when the National Socialist Movement, a group trying to establish itself in Western Washington, comes to town for a rally July 3.
Read the article: Groups mobilize against neo-Nazis
by Venice Buhain ~ The Olympian ~ June 19, 2006

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Alec and I are members of Olympia Unity in the Community

Sunday, June 18, 2006

For your entertainment ~ a "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" Skit ~ and an animation

Check out The Best "Whose Line" Skit Ever!! ~ with Richard Simmons.

And for a bit of irreverent and very funny animation ~ Fuck ~ animated by Adrian Berntsen ~ audio by Monthy Pyton.

Happy Father's Day!




Happy Father's Day to Alec ~ and to all my friends and family who are dads.

Love,
Gabi

Friday, June 16, 2006

Happy Birthday Noel!

Noel turned 30 today. He is somewhere in California on a road trip vacation with his friend Patty. We called this morning and left a message on his phone, and Alec sang "Happy Birthday" for him. :-)

Here is a photo collage I made years ago for my website, and a recent photograph.


Happy birthday Noel!

Love, Mom

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Sometimes It's Enough To Say Thank You. ~ by two of my very favorite people:

Steve Schalchlin:
I was talking about this to my friend, Michael Sugar, this morning as we drove over the hill to attend a church service here on Pride Sunday in Los Angeles. Michael is a very nice Jewish boy who invited me to go with him. It would be his first time attending a Christian service and the reason he was attending was because of an email.
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Everyone who lives in, or has been in, Hollywood knows this church because they were among the first Christian congregations to take an active part in helping, supporting and advocating for people with AIDS. And, aside from the many programs they established, they did something extraordinary. They erected a gigantic red ribbon and put it on their tower overlooking Hollywood. For many people with AIDS, this has been like a beacon saying, "Forget the Jerry Falwells and the gay haters. We are here for you. We support you. We love you."
Michael Sugar:
I've driven past many, many times over the years and have always felt grateful to you for expressing your support for people with HIV/AIDS in such a public and visible manner.

In an era when many people believe AIDS has gone away, that red ribbon is still there. It's very meaningful to me. I see it as a tribute to all the friends I've lost as well as a reminder of the challenges that many of us still confront every single day. Whenever I drive through Hollywood, I look up and am pleased to see the ribbon is still there.

I was diagnosed with HIV in the early years of the pandemic and I'm very aware of how fortunate or lucky or blessed I am to still be reasonably healthy. In the decades since my diagnosis, I've lost the majority of my family of friends.
Steve again:
His letter was just as much an act of love on his part to them as all their work had been to others. But the plain fact of it is that you never know the real effect when you do something for others in a loving and selfless way.

I felt so proud of him that he took the time to tell them thank you.
Read the June 11, 2006 blog entry at Sometimes It's Enough To Say Thank You. by Steve Schalchlin and Michael Sugar ~ on Steve's Living in the Bonus Round blog.

A note from my husband Alec ~ his books are still available.

Dear friends,

I want to remind you that my books are still available for purchase, but the only way to buy them is either directly from me or online at http://www.alecclayton.com/writings.html

They are no longer available at bookstores. I know some of you meant to get copies but just haven't got around to it yet ... or you just don't know what you're missing. So please order yours now and send this along to friends who are book lovers.

Until the Dawn, a novel

"...a wise, wonderful, gritty and honest book," Larry Johnson, Southern Quarterly.
"Stunning debut novel by a wise new voice in American fiction" -Dave Gantt, librarian, Washington, D.C., in a review on Amazon.com.
"...a wonderfully guilty pleasure - Becky Hendrick, author of Getting It: a Guide to Understanding and Appreciating Art.
Imprudent Zeal, a novel
“This book is the great circus train wreck that was America from the 1950s to the 1990s. The characters are complex emotionally and have depth. I enjoyed Alec Clayton’s second novel as much as the first (“Until the Dawn”) and look forward to his third. A tour de force of autobiographical fiction.” - Lew Hamburg, The Olympian.
As If Art Matters, essays and art criticism
“Alec Clayton has opened my eyes to the art world. He writes intelligently about art without using overblown art jargon.” - Ron Swarner, editor, Volcano
"Alec Clayton communicates about art in a thoughtful, personal manner providing context and commentary to artwork with a writing style that is accessible." - Amy McBride, Public Arts Administrator
Thanks,
Alec

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Alec Clayton Art and Writing: http://www.alecclayton.com





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P.S. ~ Alec is looking for an agent and/or publisher for his books, and he also an amazing painter. Check out his website. ~ Gabi

Barbara Ehrenreich: How Banning Gay Marriage Will Destroy the Family

Someone has to say it: A constitutional amendment banning gay marriage will destroy the American family and all the sex-related “values” our brethren on the religious right hold so dear. And it will do so by creating an irresistible demand for a constitutional amendment banning heterosexual marriage.
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Instead of bashing gays for their insidious “lifestyle,” the politicians will start beating up on them for their “special privileges” – the right to party all night until well into your fifties, the right to blow off a partner as soon as he or she starts carping about closet space, and so on. Straight young men will tire of trying to pass as gay as soon as the conversation turns to children. They’ll run into the streets shouting, “Freedom from marriage for all!”
Read the whole entry How Banning Gay Marriage Will Destroy the Family in the June 6, 2006 blog entry by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Her blogs entry page is at Barbara's Blog. and her website is here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

More on Our Shame at Guantanamo Bay

Dispirited and desperate prisoners at Guantanamo Bay look to suicide as a way out of a hopeless situation, and not because they seek martyrdom, say three British Muslims once held there."

There is no hope in Guantanamo. The only thing that goes through your mind day after day is how to get justice or how to kill yourself," said Shafiq Rasul, 29, who waged a hunger strike while at the camp to protest alleged beatings. "It is the despair — not the thought of martyrdom — that consumes you there."
Read the article: Former Guantanamo Detainees Recall Despair
June 12, 2006 ~ by Paisley Dodds ~ Associated Press

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A "stench of despair" hangs over the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the deaths of three detainees who killed themselves there on the weekend may only be the beginning, said a defence lawyer who recently visited the U.S. jail in Cuba.

While U.S. officials argue the suicides were political acts aimed at hurting Washington's standing in the world, human rights activists and former detainees say prisoners are desperate after years in captivity and view suicide as the only way out even though Islam forbids it.
Read the article: U.S. Criticized over Guantanamo Suicides
June 12, 2006 ~ by Andrew Selsky ~ Toronto Star / Canada

Redford gives liberal group earful of advice

I don't identify as a Democrat ~ I consider myself an independent and I am proud of that. There have been times that I wanted to vote for the person who I believe in the most (if I could find one) but I have been so afraid of the opponent ~ like Bush in this last election ~ that I vote for a mainstream Democratic candidate instead in hopes of winning.

It didn't work this last time, did it?

Anyway ... to the quote from an article that started that chain of thought:
“Democrats need to regain the courage that’s lost with political compromises over the last few years,” actor and environmental activist Robert Redford said Monday. “They’ve got to get it together. If they don’t, it will not only be a tragedy for them, but a tragedy for the country.”
See Redford gives liberal group earful of advice
by Will Lester; The Associated Press ~ June 13th, 2006

He was speaking to the Campaign for America’s Future

Shut Down the Guantanamo Prison Camp referendum

I just visited the web site ShutItDown.org, and cast my vote in the Shut Down Guantanamo referendum to help keep the pressure on.

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ShutItDown.org is a project of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition ~ Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
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VoteNoWar.org ~ an educational campaign of International A.N.S.W.E.R.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Aging Gays Fuel Specialized Housing Market

by Lisa Leff, Associated Press Writer ~ Saturday June 10
Graying of Gay Population Fuels Market for Specialized Housing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Like other gay men in their golden years, Jack Norris and Seymour Sirota had heard the horror stories.

An elderly lesbian couple is housed on separate floors of a nursing home and kept from seeing each other. A gay retired college professor feels compelled to keep his sexual orientation a secret after his roommate at an assisted living facility asks to be transferred.

"I thought, 'We are not going to be in that situation,'" the 67-year-old Norris says crisply. "This is not going to happen to us in our final days."
Read the whole article: Aging Gays Fuel Specialized Housing Market

with a link at the bottom to
Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network ~ LGAIN - An ASA Constituent Group

Friday, June 9, 2006

Jay Leno quote from Wednesday night

"You know what's interesting about [the failed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage]? According to polls, 51 percent of Americans do not approve of gay marriage, but 70 percent of Americans do not approve of President Bush. So gay marriage is actually more popular than he is."

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Cybill Shepherd has joined the cast of the fourth season of "The L Word."

She will play a married mother who suddenly begins questioning her sexuality.
http://www.cybill.com/
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http://www.sho.com/site/announcements/060606lword.do

(I haven't seen the show The L Word. We don't have anything except basic cable so we don't get Showtime.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

"The Courage of Lieutenant Watada" ~ a Fort Lewis soldier refuses to participate in an illegal war

Deploying with his unit to a war he knows is wrong and that is harming our country in so many ways would be the easy thing to do. There's a vast difference between being afraid to fight and knowing not only that a cause is unjust, but that both Americans and Iraqis are dying based on a long list of lies used to justify this war.

Rather than simply going and accepting what is, statistically speaking, a rather small chance of being killed or wounded, Lt. Watada is choosing a far more difficult course, that may lead him to prison and vilification by a sickeningly misguided percentage of our population.

Read the whole article The Courage of Lieutenant Watada June 7, 2006 ~ by Bob Geiger, a writer, activist and Democratic District Leader in Westchester County, NY.

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Sign the petition!

Thank you Lt. Ehren Watada for standing up for international, US and military law by refusing to deploy to Iraq in support of the ongoing illegal war and occupation.
Thank you 1st Lt. Ehren Watada for Resisting an Illegal War

Stewart hammers Bill Bennett (from Crooks & Liars)

(rough transcript)

Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?

Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families...

Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)

Bennett: They're sons and they're daughters..

Stewart: So that's where the buck stops, that's the gay ceiling.

Bennett Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.

Stewart:I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
See Jon Stewart hammers Bill Bennett for the whole article.

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See more information on these two men on wikipedia: Jon Stewart ~ William Bennett

Crooks & Liars features audio and video clips along with satirical slants and hard news on politics and entertainment.

Stewart hammers Bill Bennett (from Crooks & Liars)

(rough transcript)

Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?

Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families...

Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)

Bennett: They're sons and they're daughters..

Stewart: So that's where the buck stops, that's the gay ceiling.

Bennett Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.

Stewart:I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
See Jon Stewart hammers Bill Bennett for the whole article.


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See more information on these two men on wikipedia: Jon Stewart ~ William Bennett

Crooks & Liars features audio and video clips along with satirical slants and hard news on politics and entertainment.

Jon Stewart hammers Bill Bennett (from Crooks & Liars)

(rough transcript)

Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?

Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families...

Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)

Bennett: They're sons and they're daughters..

Stewart: So that's where the buck stops, that's the gay ceiling.

Bennett Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.

Stewart:I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
See Jon Stewart hammers Bill Bennett for the whole article.

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See more information on these two men on wikipedia: Jon Stewart ~ William Bennett

Crooks & Liars features audio and video clips along with satirical slants and hard news on politics and entertainment.

Jon Stewart hammers Bill Bennett (from Crooks & Liars)

(rough transcript)

Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?

Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families...

Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)

Bennett: They're sons and they're daughters..

Stewart: So that's where the buck stops, that's the gay ceiling.

Bennett Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.

Stewart:I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
See Jon Stewart hammers Bill Bennett for the whole article.

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See more information on these two men on wikipedia: Jon Stewart ~ William Bennett

Crooks & Liars features audio and video clips along with satirical slants and hard news on politics and entertainment.

He dares not speak its name (~ guess who ~)

In avoiding the word 'gay,' the president defines same-sex marrige as only a hetero issue.
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If homosexual Americans are not entitled to equal protection, then an honest president would say so and explain why.
Read the whole June 7, 2006 article He dares not speak its name by David Link ~ a writer in Sacramento and a member of the Independent Gay Forum, where some of his articles can also be found online.

Monday, June 5, 2006

Dixie Chicks' courage is not same old song - by Leonard Pitts Jr.

They could have just shut up.

That's what's interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, ``not ready to make nice . . . not ready to back down . . . still mad as hell.''

That's the refrain of Not Ready To Make Nice, the first single from the newly released first album by the Dixie Chicks in four years. More to the point, the first since that fateful night in March 2003, on the eve of the Iraq invasion, when lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience the Chicks were ''ashamed'' the president of the United States hailed from Maines' native Texas.
... read the whole article: Dixie Chicks' courage is not same old song

and more columns in the Miami Herald by Leonard Pitts Jr. here

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Yesterday - Noel's housewarming and early birthday party

Yesterday was Noel's belated housewarming party and an early 30th birthday party since he will be on a vacation road trip on his actual birthday. Catherine and Jason (one of Noel's college housemates who lives here in Olympia) and I drove up for it.
Alec didn't feel well so he stayed home. His left side of his face and ear was still swollen from what we and the doc think was an allergic reaction to a bug bite. It started Tuesday and we had been outside all day Monday at the TC-ProNet picnic. He feels better today.
Soooo .... here is Noel:


here is Linus keeping an eye on the guests:

and here are the food and beverages:


Friday, June 2, 2006

Enough of the D.C. Dems ~ by Molly Ivins

Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party. I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch up there, and that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Every Democrat I talk to is appalled at the sheer gutlessness and spinelessness of the Democratic performance. The party is still cringing at the thought of being called, ooh-ooh, “unpatriotic” by a bunch of rightwingers.

Take “unpatriotic” and shove it. How dare they do this to our country? “Unpatriotic”? These people have ruined the American military! Not to mention the economy, the middle class, and our reputation in the world. Everything they touch turns to dirt, including Medicare prescription drugs and hurricane relief.

This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.
Enough of the D.C. Dems
by Molly Ivins ~ The Progressive ~ March 2006 Issue

Cargo Ship Leaves for Iraq Amid Anti-War Cries

Olympia City Councilman TJ Johnson said Wednesday he was shoved by state troopers trying to clear the area the night before. He said that people were dispersing, but that pepper spray was shot off, anyway.

He said county sheriff's deputies "chose to escalate the situation."
(note ~ TJ is a friend of ours who I have a lot of respect for.)

Read the article: Cargo Ship Leaves for Iraq Amid Anti-War Cries
Protesters stage brief 'die-in' at Port of Olympia
by Rachel La Corte
Published on Thursday, June 1, 2006 by the Associated Press

"Why I've Cancelled My HRC Membership" by Christopher Durang:

Doug Ireland ~ longtime radical political journalist and media critic writes:
The talented gay playwright Christopher Durang explains why he has cancelled his membership in the Human Rights Campaign -- and you can also find out why both Chris and I are rooting for Ned Lamont against Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic Primary:
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Christopher Durang:

Last week I sent an upset email to the Human Rights Campaign, the gay rights organization, telling them to cancel my modest monthly donation to them. I did this because I was furious that they had come out and endorsed Senator Joseph Lieberman. The HRC finds him friendly on gay issues.

Senator Lieberman is a firm supporter of President Bush's dangerous folly in Iraq.
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If we were not all stuck living in Bush World, I might have chosen not to worry about an endorsement I didn't like.
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I am gay, and I am very committed to gay rights. But I rather think the planet coming to an end is more important and more immediate than when gays can marry - and Lieberman is on the wrong side of this very wrong-headed war.

Yes, I'm speaking in hyperbole, "the planet coming to an end"... but I've lived through Nixon, Reagan, and Bush Sr., and it hasn't been until Bush the Second that I have felt the constitution was actually being dismantled (the grab for Executive Power is truly dangerous), and the planet was changing maybe irrevocably.

And meanwhile Mr. Bush, enchanted by the voice of God he hears and enthralled by the sound bytes spoon-fed him by the neo-cons, unleashes his bellicose impulses on the world, making us all less safe.
read the whole article in The Huffington Post:
Lieberman - Why I've Cancelled My HRC Membership
by Christopher Durang

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Batwoman is back as a lesbian

NEW YORK - Years after she first emerged from the Batcave, Batwoman is coming out of the closet. DC Comics is resurrecting the classic comic book character as a lesbian, unveiling the new Batwoman in July as part of an ongoing weekly series that began this year.
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"This is not just about having a gay character," DiDio said. "We're trying for overall diversity in the DC universe. We have strong African-American, Hispanic and Asian characters. We're trying to get a better cross-section of our readership and the world."
Batwoman is back as a lesbian
by Larry McShane, Associated Press Writer, May 31, 2006