Thursday, February 28, 2008

YOW! John McCain is not a natural born citizen ~ and so is ineligible to be President!

Holy Smokes!

McCain's likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a "natural-born citizen" can hold the nation's highest office. -- IHT.com

Yes cub scouts... This actually is an issue. In 1790 Congress stated that persons born outside of the United States to U.S. parents are natural born citizens. This was also addressed in the Dred Scott case, But this was struck down in 1868 in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

According to the State Department:

Despite widespread popular belief, U.S. military installations abroad and U.S. diplomatic or consular facilities are not part of the United States within the meaning of the 14th Amendment. A child born on the premises of such a facility is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of birth.
and
It seems fairly clear that the Government has said people born on U.S. military bases overseas are not automatically citizens, which implies they are not natural born citizens. Which means John McCain is not eligible for the Presidency.
Read: McCain's Canal Zone Birthplace Raises Eligibility Questions
on Alternet, posted by Hubris Sonic, Group News Blog ~ February 28, 2008.

and read: McCain's birthplace prompts queries about whether that rules him out
by Carl Hulse ~ February 28, 2008 ~ The International Herald Tribune

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Stop asking for it… (?!)

Look at the recent coverage of hate crimes against the LGBT community (when there is any coverage) and one theme is clear:

We are asking for it.

Read Stop asking for it…
by Waymon Hudson
February 18, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Event: a free double feature screening - "It's Elementary" & "It's STILL Elementary" on March 9th in Seattle

The Safe Schools Coalition, in collaboration with The Respect for All Project, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, King County, Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities, Seattle Counseling Service, and the Youth Suicide Prevention Program ...

... is Proud to invite you to a FREE double feature!

The groundbreaking original documentary: "It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues at School" ~ the first film ever to show how elementary and middles school teachers can facilitate age-appropriate discussions about gay and lesbian people

The brand new film: "It's STILL Elementary" ~ which features follow-up interviews with some of the original students, now college-aged, as well as educators, including Safe Schools Coalition co-chairs Frieda Takamura and Beth Reis.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion facilitated by Seattle's own Aleksa Manila and featuring ... the films' Oscar winning director Debra Chasnoff, Frieda Takamura, Beth Reis, and a teacher and a student from both films.

The panel discussion will be followed by a FREE VIP reception!

Sunday, March 9, 2008 ~ 2-5 pm.
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway @ Pine Street in Seattle

Reservations are strongly encouraged -- Please RSVP.
http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/ItsStillElementary-SeattleEvent.html

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A letter regarding the shooting death of middle school student Lawrence King in Oxnard, CA

Please read
Steve Schalchlin's letter regarding the shooting death of Lawrence King in Oxnard, CA
on the Families United Against Hate website.


We also have other responses posted there.

Thank you,
Gabi

What I sent to Barack Obama this morning

Dear Senator Obama,

I supported you in the caucus this week, and I will vote for you today in our Washington state primary. But I am not yet ready to publicly endorse you because of one issue: marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

I am a straight woman who has been married for over thirty years. One of my two sons, Bill, was bisexual and was assaulted in a hate crime 12 years ago based on his sexual orientation. Very soon after the beating he committed suicide because he believed he would never be safe in this world. He was 17 years old. Now he would be 30.

I read your answers to the Human Rights Campaign questionnaire and all but one of your answers very much impressed me. Question number 6 asked about equal marriage rights for same sex couples, and you responded that you oppose in part with this statement:

“I believe civil unions should include the same legal rights that accompany a marriage license. I support the notion that all people – gay or straight – deserve the same rights and responsibilities to assist their loved ones in times of emergency, deserve equal health insurance and other employment benefits currently extended to traditional married couples, and deserve the same property rights as anyone else.

However, I do not support gay marriage. Marriage has religious and social connotations, and I consider marriage to be between a man and a woman.”

It seems to me that you are afraid to use the word marriage although your statement indicates that you understand we are talking about civil marriage.

You are afraid to call it by a word, and that goes beyond making no sense to me. It is an example of the core reasons my son lost hope. Perhaps he would still be with us if he saw that people were willing to stand up for him but he did not believe he would ever belong in this world as an equal person.

Marriage equality is not ‘the most important issue’ but it is an important issue.

I understand it is risky because there are many who oppose it. But you have shown you are not afraid of taking a stand. Your opposition to real civil marriage equality makes no sense if you truly believe in separation of church and state.

Bill is gone, but there are so many of our children who we need to stand up with and be fearless for.

I am asking you to believe and to risk this.

Gabi Clayton
http://www.gabiclayton.com/

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Read all of Barack's HRC Questionnaire (pdf format)

Obama's Pride page with links to more information.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us?'

Manic Times asks



What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us?

More including Manic American Ambassador - A message from the Manic Times American Ambassador.
(Who else but GW of course!?)


The War Room - An exclusive, behind the scenes look at the Liberal Party election war room.
and
Education Revolution - Last year the Federal Government gave $8 billion to private schools. Manic looks at the situation.

from Manic Times in Austrailia.

Kim Pearson Interview On CNN Concerning Transgender Student



Kim Pearson of TransYouth Family Advocates was interviewed on CNN Headline News on 2/12/2008

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Fat in Mississippi?

Alec and I were watching the news on Monday morning when a crazy story was announced. It seems that Mississippi legislators have proposed a state law to ban restaurants from serving fat people.

Alec immediately blogged about it: No mo fat

Here is some info from the article: Mississippi May Ban Restaurant Sales to the Obese - Most porcine state mulls drastic measures
by Mark Huffman ~ ConsumerAffairs.Com ~ February 4, 2008

Fattest state

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a 61 percent increase in the number of Americans classified as obese between 1991 and 2000. It singled out Mississippi as having the highest rate.

An August 2007 study published by Trust for America's Health classified Mississippi as the heaviest state in the Union for the third year in a row, with 30 percent of its adult population obese.

Mississippi House Bill 282 is the work of Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows. It would aim to keep Whoppers and Big Macs out of the hands of fat people, by force of law.

"Any food establishment to which this section applies shall not be allowed to serve food to any person who is obese, based on criteria prescribed by the State Department of Health after consultation with the Mississippi Council on Obesity Prevention and Management," the bill states.

The measure would apply to any restaurant that holds a health department permit and has enclosed seating for five or more – a definition broad enough to cover almost every restaurant in the state, not just those that serve fast food. The bill does not spell out what penalties an eatery would face for violating the law.

See articles from Google news here and here.

Give me a break. Is this not an insane and ridiculous law?

When I looked it up online, I discovered that - horror of horrors! - this lead me to one website that was a surprise. This is actually something I agree with the John Birch Society about!

See this: Mississippi Fat Burning by Selwyn Duke on the John Birch Society website ~ 2008-02-04.

Its probably the only thing I agree with them on.

I guess it challenged my own personal biases and assumptions. Even conservative rightwing conspiracy theory folks like the Birchers who post things like this (from that page linked above)...

Godlessness at least partially explains why many people now adhere to health regimens. It is why private establishments are forced to both eliminate trans-fats and hire transsexuals. It is why the atheist worries more about smoking in this world than in the next. It is the cult of the body.

...can be health conscious.

But yikes!

This whole thing brought up an interesting flashback to when Alec and I lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1977-1988. There was a health food store on Hardy Street (the town's main drag from downtown to the part of town were the University of Southern Mississippi and the big medical center are), and it seemed strange to me that one of the things in the health food store was pamphlets from the John Birch Society. To my New York City / San Francisco leftwing-raised-progressive-addled-brain, raised by my mom who read Adelle Davis and ate health foods (and chocolate of course) - this seemed just a bit odd.

Now I have nothing against Mississippians. I married one and love him dearly. But I do love the response of my dear friend Carolyn Wagner in Arkansas. When I called her to be sure she was okay considering all the tornadoes and storms (and she is okay) I told her about this proposed law in Mississippi, and her response was "Thank god for Mississippi! They make Arkansas look good."

Of course that's what Alec says about Arkansas!

And the beat goes on...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Another medical update. A broken machine.

Well, Alec and I spent Thursday night at a friends house so we could get to the hospital in Seattle bright and early (7:45!)

I had the MRI first, and then went to check in for the three hour balance test. That's when they told me that the balance test machine was broken! Now the balance test has been rescheduled for March 14th and then I'll see the doc on the 20th. They may call and move those dates up.

So no news yet. I'm still dizzy (slightly) and still hearing sounds like wind and faint buzz of a distant bass in a car or a mosquito in my right ear, which otherwise has lost almost all hearing - damage from the inner ear infection which may be permanent.

It's a bother - the only time I don't have to deal with it is when I'm asleep. But I know it could be much worse.

An invitation to two very special events - one in Olympia and one in Seattle.

Sunday, February 10, 2-4:30 pm
PFLAG-Olympia

The Not-So-Straight Truth About Our Schools!
What's really going on in our schools for GLBTQ kids?

A candid conversation about the school environment for GLBTQ youth,
with local School District Representatives talking with us about diversity.

There is a small change in the format of our meeting for this event.

This meeting starts at 2:00 P.M. with introductions, announcements and social time, and the program will begin at 3:00 P.M.

We have a poster about this program, and I hope you can use it to help us get the word out.
It's online here. (pdf format)

PFLAG Olympia meets at First United Methodist Church
1224 Legion Way SE at Boundary Street in Olympia.
Use the church's main entrance facing 5th Avenue. It is handicap-accessible.
See this map for the location.



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The Safe Schools Coalition -- in collaboration with -- The Respect for All Project, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, King County, Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities, Seattle Counseling Service, and the Youth Suicide Prevention Program

is Proud to invite you to a FREE double feature!

1. The groundbreaking original documentary
It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues at School
the first film ever to show how elementary and middles school teachers can facilitate age-appropriate discussions about gay and lesbian people.

2. The brand new film
It's STILL Elementary
which features follow-up interviews with some of the original students, now college-aged,
as well as educators, including Safe Schools Coalition co-chairs Frieda Takamura and Beth Reis

followed by a FREE panel discussion:
facilitated by Seattle's own Aleksa Manila and featuring ...
the films' Oscar winning director Debra Chasnoff,
Frieda Takamura and Beth Reis
and a teacher and a student from both films

followed by a FREE VIP reception!

2-5 pm, Sunday March 9th
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway @ Pine St, Seattle

Please RSVP and download the poster on the Safe Schools Coalition website here.