February 10th, 2005

All I need now is a handbasket to ride in.

Lesbian Mom Loses Custody
Controversial expert witness raises specter of homophobia in decision
Source: Gay City News [Link]


The Mississippi Court of Appeals voted 8-1 to uphold a decision by the Rankin County Chancery Court to transfer custody of two young girls from their lesbian mother to their father. The February 1 decision was premised almost entirely on the “exposure” of the girls to their mother’s “lesbian lifestyle,” and the opinion of an “expert witness” that this would have a detrimental effect on the mental health of the girls. Since testifying in this case, the “expert” has had his license revoked by a state regulatory agency, but there is no indication in the court’s opinion that this was brought to their attention.

U.S. conservatives funding opposition to marriage in Canada
Source: Globe & Mail [Link]

U.S. conservative groups Focus on the Family and the Knights of Columbus are reportedly spending the big bucks in Canada trying to persuade legislators there not to approve a federal law allowing same-sex marriage. Most provinces already have such laws. Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler says those groups have a right to make their views known and there is no legal avenue to stop them, but that he hopes a U.S.-style lobbying atmosphere doesn't take hold. "I just would like to maintain the integrity of the Canadian political culture."

Alan Keyes' Daughter A Big Ol' Dyke
Source: Washington Blade [Link]

You may recall the speculation we shared with you that homophobe Alan Keyes, who called Mary Cheney a "selfish hedonist" for being lesbian, had a lesbian daughter himself. Now Maya Keyes has been announced as the headliner for Equality Maryland's lobbying event in the state capital on Valentine's Day. Keyes, who said nothing amid all the talk during her father's Senate campaign, describes herself as a "young queer anarchist." Interestingly, she spent a year in the south of India where she worked with a tribal rights group and plans to attend Brown University this fall.

Civil Rights?

Remember the post I made yesterday about Bush calling for an end to racism? There's an interview out on Tolerance.org with Mary Frances Berry, former chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, who forecasts an ongoing rollback of civil rights. Not that this should be earth shattering news to anyone, unless of course you just don't pay attention and/or are stupid.

Ousted Civil Rights Leader Speaks Out

Feb. 9, 2005 -- In an exclusive interview with Tolerance.org, Mary Frances Berry, former chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, forecasts an ongoing rollback of civil rights.

By Camille Jackson | Staff Writer, Tolerance.org

In December, Mary Frances Berry, 66, the first African American female chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was forced to resign from her post.

Berry had served nearly 25 years on the commission, which monitors and investigates civil rights complaints and submits its findings to the president and Congress. To her, struggle is nothing new.

A week before the Bush administration forced her out, Berry and vice-chair Cruz Reynoso submitted a 166-page report critical of the President — Redefining Rights in America: The Civil Rights Record of the George W. Bush Administration.
In a letter to President Bush accompanying the report, Berry and Reynoso wrote, "your administration has missed opportunities to win consensus on key civil rights issues ranging from affirmative action, to fair housing, to immigration, to voting rights. Instead, you have adopted policies that further divide an already deeply torn nation."

Response to the report was swift. The White House announced a new appointee before Berry actually resigned.
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The 23rd Sigh

Bush is my shepherd; I dwell in want.
He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.
He restoreth my fears.
He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war, I will find no exit, for thou art in office.
Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.
Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
Thou anointest my head with foreign oil.
My health insurance runneth out.
Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the days of thy term,
And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.

Boosted from filius_draconi, who borrowed from redselchie, who has no idea where it came from.

Weekend Agenda

Friday
  1. Clean house
  2. Catch-all load of laundry
  3. Call arie
  4. Pack for trip
    • clothes
    • socks & shoes
    • chairs
    • toiletries
    • allergy meds
    • back up & pack external hard drive
  5. Make CD for the road
  6. D's laundry
  7. Clean out the Beemer, check oil & radiator
  8. Drop kids off @ Grandmommy & Grandpa's house
  9. Stop by Mom & Dad's to pick up camera, drop off CD's

Saturday
  1. On the road by 8AM
  2. Arrive @ xtex's by 10AM for to kidnap him
  3. Head to six10steve & Keith's place
  4. Rugby match @ noon
  5. Kill time until dinner
  6. ~ The Love Dinner @ Cheesecake Factory ~
  7. Back to xtex's house to:
    • perform ritual housecleansing of the many ghosts of Adam's former tricks by walking from room to room waving a condom and screeching "FUCK OFF!!"
    • Nekkid hot tubbin' with the boys

Sunday
  1. Farmer's Market by 10AM
  2. Lunch with any of our Atlanta LJ friends, time & place as yet undecided.
  3. Drive back, pick up chidrens, go home.