davidology: (gay flag)
Last night was really incredible.

When I woke up yesterday morning, the mayor of West Hollywood had sent out a notice announcing the protest. Before leaving for work, I searched Facebook. I didn't see any mention of it so I quickly copy pasted the email into a new event and sent it to 100 or so of my friends who were local to help get the word out. The whole day I felt anxious, not sure what to do. In just a few hours, the invite list had risen to 8,800, with over 1,000 people confirming! It was crazy. This was just on the event I made. I placed an ad for the protest and targeted gays in Los Angeles and Weho. It just made me feel a little less helpless doing something.

At the rally, I saw a lot of really angry, pissed off people. As odd as it is to say, it helped. It helped me realize I wasn't the only one feeling this rage pent up inside from this feeling of betrayal by our fellow Californians. Couples were visibly stung and hurting, but there was some comedic relief (my favorite sign was "I can see discrimination from my house.")

The rally itself ended up not being the high point for me though. It was afterward, when the crowd broke out of the cordoned off area that was more envigorating. It was then you realized how large a crowd we were.

We shutdown traffic on Santa Monica Blvd and then flooded the Sunset Strip with a massive sea of thousands of people. The crowd shutdown down all east-bound traffic on Sunset Blvd (and much of the west-bound traffic as well). It was heartening to see the support from others standing on the side of the street, flashing peace signs from cars, despite the fact, we were directly responsible for them being stuck where they were. They understood why were there.

No matter which direction you looked, you couldn't see and end to the massive crowd. As we marched, more people joined in. Traffic was honking in support as we walked along side them in the opposite lane. It was so freaking awesome to see and be a part of. I've never seen so many people—gay, straight, bi, married, single—all united in solidarity behind equality. One of my straight, female coworkers emailed me to tell me she wasn't getting married until all of her friends could. It was all really fucking amazing.

I have to also say I was really impressed with the way the West Hollywood Sheriff's Office handled things. As we marched, they tried to shutdown traffic around where we were marching and anticipate where we were going. They seemed respectful of what we were doing. We broke off in groups. We marched from Sunset to Fairfax and then back again. Others went west into Beverly Hills, while others continued east all the way to Hollywood and Highland. Bus after bus switched its sign to "Not In Service" and sat on the side of the road.

This morning, I decided I should skip today's rally at the Mormon Compound though. This election cycle has been so really intense, and I just need to decompress a little bit (plus I was concerned I might accidentally light the place on fire).

I don't think the Mormon Church realizes what it started here. They've ignited support and a resolve in this community I've not seen, and they've brought us together. They didn't want their children to learn about gays? Well, I think to that end they will find they failed. I don't think we'll be out of their faces for a long, long time to come.

They've hurt our community. They've hurt my friends—deliberately, wantonly. But in the end, I think will have ended up hurting themselves more. Time and righteousness are on our side.

But last night felt good. It was really amazing to be part of it.
 

Resolve

Nov. 5th, 2008 12:29 pm
davidology: (gay flag)
Last night and this morning stung. I never really thought my fellow Californians would vote for hate, but in the end, a lot of them probably had a hard time going against the will of their respective churches.

As much as these people acted as bigots, I'm slowly realizing that many Californians simply don't hate gays. Sure, it's a part of that vote, but it's not 52%. That's simply not who we are. The bigots have somehow found a home with the church, and we've unfortunately found ourselves countering years worth of rhetoric from the clergy and other leaders.

The past 8+ years, they've heard the politics of prejudice and hate preached by the likes of Karl Rove through the very leader of our country. Decent and good people have had that message bolstered by a Republican convention full of rabid fundamentalists willing to go to any length to make us the feared and hated target of their culture war, regardless of the cost to us. They wasted millions of dollars to do nothing but attack us.

I think I'd gotten somewhat complacent in my little bubble here in Southern California, and that's what makes this sting more to us, I think. We've had our very foundations rattled, in a place where we've felt safe to be ourselves, where we felt not just tolerated, but respected. The battle isn't just being waged here though. This whole event has made me realize how critically, critically important it is we take up this fight at all levels.

I do have some hope that with Obama, the Republicans will no longer have the White House from which to spew its messages of intolerance.

To the leaders of the Catholic and Mormon Churches, however, I kind of hope there is a hell. I'd love to see you judged by your actions this election. You spent millions of dollars that could have helped people to hurt people. If there is true evil in the world, you exemplified it with your bold-faced lies, your fear tactics, and your abhorrent bigotry. You've masterfully shown to the world why the separation of church and state must, must be maintained.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
-Thomas Jefferson, 1814


 
davidology: (sieg heil)
Vote for us, or you're a traitor!

From RepublicanRacer.com:

Sieg heil, comrades! Stop the enemies of the State! For the Homeland!

You really can't make this shit up. The agony and the irony, they're killing me...

 
davidology: (Default)
Well said.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders:

With me this afternoon is my wife, Rana.

I am here this afternoon to announce that I will sign the resolution that the City Council passed yesterday directing the City Attorney to file a brief in support of gay marriage.

My plan, as has been reported publicly, was to veto that resolution, so I feel like I owe all San Diegans an explanation for this change of heart.

During the campaign two years ago, I announced that I did not support gay marriage and instead supported civil unions and domestic partnerships.

I have personally wrestled with that position ever since. My opinion on this issue has evolved significantly—as I think have the opinions of millions of Americans from all walks of life.

In order to be consistent with the position I took during the mayoral election, I intended to veto the Council resolution. As late as yesterday afternoon, that was my position.

The arrival of the resolution—to sign or veto— in my office late last night forced me to reflect and search my soul for the right thing to do.

I have decided to lead with my heart—to do what I think is right—and to take a stand on behalf of equality and social justice. The right thing for me to do is to sign this resolution.

For three decades, I have worked to bring enlightenment, justice and equality to all parts of our community.

As I reflected on the choices that I had before me last night, I just could not bring myself to tell an entire group of people in our community that they were less important, less worthy and less deserving of the rights and responsibilities of marriage—than anyone else—simply because of their sexual orientation.

A decision to veto this resolution would have been inconsistent with the values I have embraced over the past 30 years.

I do believe that times have changed. And with changing time, and new life experiences, come different opinions. I think that's natural, and certainly it is true in my case.

Two years ago, I believed that civil unions were a fair alternative. Those beliefs, in my case, have since changed.

The concept of a "separate but equal" institution is not something that I can support.

I acknowledge that not all members of our community will agree or perhaps even understand my decision today.

All I can offer them is that I am trying to do what I believe is right.

I have close family members and friends who are members of the gay and lesbian community. These folks include my daughter Lisa and her partner, as well as members of my personal staff.

I want for them the same thing that we all want for our loved ones—for each of them to find a mate whom they love deeply and who loves them back; someone with whom they can grow old together and share life's wondrous adventures.

And I want their relationships to be protected equally under the law. In the end, I could not look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationships—their very lives—were any less meaningful than the marriage that I share with my wife Rana.

Thank you.



Too bad our governor doesn't have the same integrity and character. Who would've thunk the governator would turn out to be the GOP's little bitch?

 
davidology: (Default)
So my weekend began on Thursday night when I went to see Hillary ("Hilldawg") Clinton at the Abbey. I've still not made up my mind for whom I'll vote, but I went nonetheless. When the first woman who may very well be a contender for the Presidency comes a couple blocks from your pad, you go.

I wish I could as enthusiastic about a candidate as some of the attendees were, but I'm just not there yet. I'm not a "Hillstar" (that's what apparently they call themselves).

Nonetheless, it was a very nice event. Hillary spoke very well and convincingly. She wouldn't come out and endorse gay marriage, but made it relatively clear if you were reading between the lines that it wasn't because she didn't think gay marriage shouldn't be legal, but that it was a process, and civil unions were a necessary step in that direction. It's not the answer the idealist in me wanted to hear, but it's perhaps an honest one (or at least a politically expedient one).

She talked about a lot of things, most of which I'm sure you can read in a bajillion places so I'll skip it and leave you with a link to my Flickr set of that night.

Hillary Clinton

davidology: (Default)
"AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals." -Jerry Falwell (1993)
"AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharoah's charioteers." -Jerry Falwell (1991)
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way all of them who have tried to secularize America I point the finger in their face and say, "You helped this happen." -Jerry Falwell, blaming liberals, feminists, and gays for 9/11 (2001)

I know many will and have said that someone's being relieved (or even happy) at someone's death is in poor taste. I respect that view (my parents have certainly taught me better). Nonetheless, count me among those happy Jerry Falwell is room temperature.

I'll feel reverence at his death as soon as I'm done revering the deaths of the people Falwell's rhetoric helped murder: Matthew Shepard, Jacob Orosco, Eddie Garzon, and the many others who have been beaten and killed, as well as the many more who will no doubt continue to be hurt by his hate mongering.

Jerry, may the afterlife be a place where you feel and see all the pain you caused others every single day.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some dancing to do.

*with apologies to Kina



 

Calling it

Mar. 26th, 2007 04:42 pm
davidology: (metro)
It might be early, but I'm calling my prediction: Edwards will be the Democratic nominee.

yadda yadda )
Anyway, that's my prediction, which is pretty much worth absolutely nothing. What is worth something, however, is Bill Maher's New Rules.

"New Rule: traitors don't get to question my patriotism."
-Bill Maher to Bush/Cheney.

If only I could fit that on a bumper sticker.



I heart Bill Maher.

 
davidology: (la)
Over the past couple of months, I've been inundated with flyers from every city councilperson running for office. Seriously, I think I've gotten 5 from each and every one of them a day, some of them telling me how they're going to fight for environmental concerns and recycling on their pretty, bleached card stock in full color ink. These bitches get nasty too. I mean, the "Don't vote for him. He clubs baby seals!" might have crossed a line.

Thing is, the City of West Hollywood, with a population of ~37,000, it's about the size of my school; and the elections feel just like Associated Students elections only for real life. I had no clue who I was voting for on those elections either!

The campaign promises read eerily similar too: "Vote for me A.S. Treasurer, and I'll end the war in Iraq!" I always wondered if I'd turn on the news and hear:
"In other news today, the President decided to withdraw the troops from the Middle East today, citing a strongly-worded letter he received from the Associated Students Treasurer at San Diego State...."


I always wondered what those elections prepared them for. Now I know they go on to be City of West Hollywood City Council members.

I do still miss voting on City of L.A. issues—at least the elections felt bigger than you. Although we have a great city (the governmental response to most things is actually mind blowing), it's just so tiny in comparison.

Meh.

I really do want to make the right choices here, but so far, as far as I think I've gotten is I've ruled out two people: I'm not going to vote for Sal Guarriello. My reasoning is questionable though. I saw his campaign sign up in the window of the cigarette shop down the street yesterday (this is why I don't vote absentee). That's probably not really a good way to choose a candidate, but being I'm for curbing public cigarette smoking in pretty much any and all ways possible, their endorsement kind of puts him in the negative column.

I'm also not going to vote for Steve Martin. I still remember him at a Matthew Shepard memorial the day after he'd passed away, using it as a pulpit on which to politically grandstand. It felt so horribly inappropriate and ill timed that I've not forgotten it.

There seems to be a pro-development v. anti-development feel to the people running, so I don't think I'll vote for either slate. Get them both in so they can maybe find a balance. I'm generally in favor of development, but no one seems to do anything about traffic when it happens (reference, "C'mon... how could putting a Target on La Brea and Santa Monica Blvd possibly hurt traffic?")

Maybe I'll vote for Abbe Land (I like her face); John Heilman (seems to be doing a good job as the current mayor); and maybe even Patricia Nell Warren. Her idea of universal health care at the city level is just batshit insane (city health care?). But, hey, sometimes batshit insane is just fun. Plus, she's just so damned cute.

Now, even if I miss out on the important L.A. city things, I still get to vote on county issues and initiatives. So now, I just need to figure out who to vote for for Member of the Board of Trustees Los Angeles Community College District Office 5. I think I've narrowed it to Roy Burns or Georgia Mercer. Although... Hanna Hajjar does promise to eliminate government waste. I think I hate government waste!

 
davidology: (homeland security)
It's official: we've lost the war on terrah... and it was by friendly fire.

Police blow up CD players that blared in church (via wtf_inc)

SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) -- Three CD players hidden under a cathedral's pews blared sexually explicit language in the middle of an Ash Wednesday Mass, leading a bomb squad to detonate two of the devices.


Wait until the terrorists learn to combine a Lite-Brite with a CD player. OMG. The horror. The horror.

I made a new threat level indicator for our protection.

Terrah Threat Level ZOMG!

Seriously... the inmates are running the asylum. Osama bin Laden (who?!) is in some desert resort laughing his fucking ass off at us right now.

 
davidology: (lmao)
I had this IM waiting for me this morning:

(23:25:43) J***: comparison of the State of the Union address and Groundhog Day: "It is an ironic juxtaposition of events: One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication ... while the other involves a groundhog."


I don't know whether to lol or *tear*.

 
davidology: (distress)
From today's judicial hearings:

I meant by that comment that the Constitution doesn't say that every individual in the United States or every citizen has or is assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn't say that. It simply says that the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended."

-U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (source)


Habeas Corpus: Don't get taken from home without it (I didn't make this - link to author)



 
davidology: (wtf)
Does having a Bush ("W") sticker on your car (still) automatically qualify you for parking in handicapped spaces?

 
davidology: (rofl)
neocons seriously crack. my. shit. up.

A friend sent me this. The Onion can't even make stuff like this up. I can't even believe they actually believe this much less put it in print for the whole world to see, but thank the gods they do.

A devil food is turning our kids into homosexuals

There's a slow poison out there that's severely damaging our children and threatening to tear apart our culture. The ironic part is, it's a "health food," one of our most popular.

Now, I'm a health-food guy, a fanatic who seldom allows anything into his kitchen unless it's organic. I state my bias here just so you'll know I'm not anti-health food.

The dangerous food I'm speaking of is soy. Soybean products are feminizing, and they're all over the place. You can hardly escape them anymore.

[...]

Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That's why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today's rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products. (Most babies are bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-fourth of them are getting soy milk!) Homosexuals often argue that their homosexuality is inborn because "I can't remember a time when I wasn't homosexual." No, homosexuality is always deviant. But now many of them can truthfully say that they can't remember a time when excess estrogen wasn't influencing them... .


BWAHAHAHAHAHA. The homophobes have truly reached a new level of stupidity with this. edamame == teh ghey.

You can read the entire inane, psychotic episode put to print >here<.

OMG!!!! NO!! BOBBY JOE GET THAT SOYBEAN OUT OF LIL' BILLY BOB'S HANDS BEFORE HE CATCHES TEH GHEY! OH MA GAWD, SPRAY HIM WITH LYSOL OR SOMETHIN'! NO! DON'T COME NEAR ME! YOU MIGHT GIVE ME THE AIDS!!

lololololol

 
davidology: (state of affairs)
Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/martin-p1.html

I'm sick and tired of this patriotic, nationalistic and fascist crap. I stood through a memorial service today for a young Marine that was killed in Iraq back in April. During this memorial a number of people spoke about the guy and about his sacrifice for the country. How do you justify 'sacrificing' your life for a war which is not only illegal, but is being prosecuted to the extent where the only thing keeping us there is one man's power, and his ego. A recent Marine Corps intelligence report that was leaked said that the war in the al-Anbar province is unwinnable. It said that there was nothing we could do to win the hearts and minds, or the military operations in that area. So I wonder, why are we still there? Democracy is not forced upon people at gunpoint. It's the result of forward thinking individuals who take the initiative and risks to give their fellow countrymen a better way of life.

When I joined I took an oath. In that oath I swore to protect the Constitution of the United States. I didn't swear to build democracies in countries on the other side of the world under the guise of "national security." I didn't join the military to be part of an Orwellian ("1984") war machine that is in an obligatory war against whoever the state deems the enemy to be so that the populace can be controlled and riled up in a pro-nationalistic frenzy to support any new and oppressive law that will be the key to destroying the enemy. Example given – the Patriot Act. So aptly named, and totally against all that the constitution stands for. President Bush used the reactionary nature of our society to bring our country together and to infuse into the national psyche a need to give up their little-used rights in the hope to make our nation a little safer. The same scare tactics he used to win elections. He drones on and on about how America and the world would be a less safe place if we weren't killing Iraqis, and that we'd have to fight the terrorists at home if we weren't abroad. In our modern day emotive society this strategy (or strategery?) works, or had worked, up until last month's elections.
Under the cut )
Copyright © 2006 LewRockwell.com


As of 12/7/2006, 2,927 US soldiers have been killed in action in Iraq; 22,057 have been wounded in action. (Source: DoD via icasualties.org).

Sanitation

Nov. 8th, 2006 09:18 am
davidology: (happy)
Republican Douche Santorum has his ass handed to him

While it's all fun and games to do some well-deserved gloating today as we take our country back, stop the wanton corruption, and begin to reverse some of the horrid damage that has been done to our country in the past 6 years, we need to keep in mind the real victim here: Dick Cheney's Halliburton. Something tells me their sweetheart contracts are about to get a lot more scrutiny.

Please keep Halliburton in your prayers.

 
davidology: (California)

Okay, having already figured out the candidates, I've finally gone through all the propositions, and I think I've mostly decided. I still need to Google some of the judges to make sure none of them is batshit crazy (assuming I can find anything about them online).

Anywho, this isn't meant as recommendations—just the decisions I've come to and my reasoning behind it. If you disagree, you have until around 18:00 PST to change my mind.

Prop#      
1A Transportation Funding Protection YES I'm leaning YES on this one. Too often politicians get voters to approve money for fixing things we want fixed only to have that money diverted and then them hit us up for money again. Only concern: will this prevent using gas taxes for the exploration of alternative fuels?
1B Hwy Safety, Traffic, Air Quality YES Our freeways are in dire need up upgrades.
1C Housing / Emergency Shelter NO Torn on this one, but leaning towards NO, only because housing prices are out of control for everybody. I think there's a better solution. This feels like a stop gap for certain classes. I could change my mind by tomorrow, but probably not.
1D Public Education Facilities NO I'm only leaning towards NO because I feel as if we just approved money for the same exact thing.
1E Disaster Preparedness YES Paying for maintenance is cheaper than footing the bill after the fact (as we saw after what happened to New Orleans). We also know we can't rely on the federal government for shit.
83 Sex Offenders NO GPS for monitoring sex offenders? Problem here is the term sex offender is applied so haphazardly that I can't even consider this. You could probably be labeled a sex offender for getting caught skinny dipping.
84 Water Quality, Safety, Supply NO It sounds as if 1E covers a number of these, so I'm going NO.
85 Waiting period-abortions for minors NO Absofuckingly not. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. I'm so sick of the fundies trying to roll back Roe v. Wade and acting like a zygote is an effing human being. It's not. NO, NO, NO, NO. NO!
86 $2.60 per pack Cigarette tax YES 86 & 87 have some of the most disingenuous ads opposing them. They have done more to sway me in favor of these props than anything. Sorry, to my smoker friends, but I don't care if they use the funds to skin baby seals to make panties for Celine Dion with the money. If it means being downwind from cigarette smoke one less time, or one less cigarette butt ending up on the beach, or one less cigarette butt thrown out a car window causing a brush fire, then it was worth it. Besides, I don't like New York besting us for most expensive tobacco products. We need to reclaim our title! It's on!
87 Alternative Energy/Oil Drilling tax YES I've gone back and forth on this one. I was initially leaning towards NO, but then the No on 87 ads just got ridiculous. The one that says we should vote NO because Prop 87 "contains 12,000 legally binding words." ZOMG NOT WERDZ!!11!1 The ads are insulting to the voters' intelligence. For that reason alone, I'd vote YES. I do feel better about my vote after Clinton decided to support the bill.
88 Education Funding, Parcel tax NO Housing in this state is ridiculously out of control. I'm not adding to it.
89 Political campaigns, public funding NO Although I'm generally in favor of publicly funded elections, if done I think it should be mandatory and all 3rd party funds eliminated. I'm not sure this goes far enough. Also, not sure raising corporate taxes is a good idea considering how high they are now.
90 Govt Acquisition / Private Property NO If CalTrans needs to buy your property to expand the freeways, then let 'em do it. Needs of the many, yadda yadda yadda. Plus, I hate traffic.


Supreme Court Justices

I'm voting YES for both of the Supreme Court Justices based upon this neocon website. The bigots on that site clearly can't stand these two judges (just read the site; they're batshit crazy). So vote YES for both Supreme Court Justices! I'm glad they posted that. They made my decision so easy.



Important Links you might need/want

L.A. County Polling Locations

SmartVoter.org - Nonpartisan info put out by the League of Women Voters. Summarizes the propositions; gives links to candidates' sites, etc., etc.



davidology: (California)
Okay, I haven't made a politically-oriented post in a while (okay, well, this week). I have to say, I've been remarkably proud of my state as of late. Today, our governor signed one of the strongest pieces of legislation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the nation. It kind of makes you wish he'd take stands like this in nonelection years too.

About a week ago, our attorney general sued auto manufacturers for the environmental damage their vehicles have caused. Although I'm a little conflicted on that one, as, on its face, it just seems silly. There is a part of me, however, that can help grinning at the fact Lockyer had the kahunas to take on the auto industry. While I'm sure it's mostly an election–year stunt since he's running for State Treasurer, it's nice to see the U.S. auto industry being forced to go on the defensive for once.

California energy use v. U.S. averageAs I said, although, I'm a little conflicted. On principle, I'm kind of bothered by it. On the other hand, let's be honest: the auto industry fights dirty, and has for a long time. Recently, we enacted legislation mandating reduced emissions from vehicles. The auto industry of course is pulling out all the stops to stop it from being enacted—all because we have the audacity to say that WE don't want gross polluting vehicles in OUR state (how dare we?!). Turnabout is fair play, I guess, so Lockyer sued on our behalf. Stunt or not, I think he just secured my vote for State Treasurer.

For years, air quality in L.A. had been improving—dramatically. That trend has reversed in recent years, however, and our air quality is now getting worse. Even if you want to be stubborn and think greenhouse gas emissions have no impact on the environment (or believe we didn't land on the Moon for that matter), knock yourself out. You can't argue, however, with the fact that pollution is bad for our health—very bad, and it's not as if I can decide not to breathe "if I don't like it." The asthma rate here is through the roof, and I have to live with a brown sky many days of the year. Pollution is a problem here, and we have every right to regulate it and decide what we will allow on our roadways.

If car manufacturers had any sense of social responsibility, legislation wouldn't be required. However, when the federal government passed stricter CAFE standards to help reduce emissions, instead of complying with the spirit of the law, the auto industry's response was to find loopholes and build larger vehicles that are in a different classification not subject to the stricter standards. It's not surprising that an effort to fill those loopholes would be met with resistance. I kind of admire Lockyer's "in your face" approach: if you won't do it willingly, or listen to the will of the people of our state, then maybe a multi-million dollar lawsuit will change your mind. Honestly, what could be more American than that?

I know that conservative "news" sources have repeatedly made fun of the "left coast," and I'm sure Rush Limbaugh and his ilk have had a field day with our latest efforts to improve the quality of life here that flies smack in the face of the George W. Bush agenda of making his oil buddies richer. But you know what? I don't care. Our taking leadership, despite the overwhelming opposition from those red states to our right, has repeatedly benefited the entire country. "California emissions" are installed across several car models sold throughout the nation (it's often cheaper for manufacturers to include Cali emissions in all cars rather than make some for California residents and others that only meet federal standards). So once again, everyone across the nation may benefit from the state's granola–loving ways.

People likewise across the fruited plains thought it was nuts to ban smoking in restaurants and then bars. Now those pieces of legislation are models being followed by other cities and states. Was it crazy or ahead of the curve? So if being progressive is nuts, so be it. Last time I checked, people want to live here, and if my commute is any indication, they're still moving here in droves. So all the neocons can call California crazy, but they might want to ask themselves why so many people leave their states every year to come here.

Anyway, I guess I got my fill of news articles today that seemed filled with comments from neocons and people shit talking on my state because of the recent legislation. I may talk smack about her from time to time, but it's like someone talking about your mom or your sister. You can talk about her yourself, but if anyone else does it....

cut a bitch



 
davidology: (california)
Veto ArnoldA couple months ago, our governor made news by exposing (by example) the blatant hypocrisy of the religious right's anti-gay crusade by vetoing the first state legislation that legalized gay marriage under their terms—using the standard legislative channels of our republic.

In response, I've been considering voting against all of Ahnold's referenda; but part of me (the unfrosted side), feels as if that's voting out of spite which feels wrong. However, I think there is a legitimate argument to be made for this action. These propositions are tied to Arnold; he claims them as "his." His ads appeal to voters to support him, meaning that his spin doctors will take any of these passing to be a feather in his cap to use to try to help improve his image in the state (which has fallen drastically), which may increase his chance of winning reelection.

Now, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit, I voted for Arnold (but against the recall). I believe moderate Republicans are valuable to have because they're the only people who can push the neocons out of Republican Party. Recently, however, we've seen that when push comes to shove, these moderate Republicans have no backbone and just tow the line they're fed by the same rabid religious nut jobs that are controlling the party.

In truth, I would likely support at least the referendum dealing with union fees (I'm just not a huge fan of unions), but I can't help Ahnold have any victories. I will do what I can to marginalize him as he has marginalized me until he is out of office and can be replaced by someone who treats all residents of this state as equal—including the fags.

So I've decided, I will be voting NO on 73, 74, 75, 76, and 77, with a still mildly-conflicted, but very clear conscience. The rest I'll be deciding tonight after I have a chance to read up on them.

I hate that in some ways I've become a single-issue voter, but, to use Maslow's hierarchy as an analogy, I can't concern myself with your other issues until you take care of my basic needs. At the risk of being a touch melodramatic, rejecting any candidate who does not support my civil rights is my silent protest. When enough of us do this, they'll have to listen.

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