June 8th, 2005

Sometimes there just aren't enough rocks.

It has been a long, difficult, and lonely day. The one thing I wanted for myself today I didn't get. I'm frustrated enough to cry, but too fucking tired to do it.
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That's MISTER Faggot to you...

If you never read another post in my journal, please read this one in its entirety.

They say if you are not outraged, then you are not paying attention. I for one am outraged, and if you have a single nerve capable of firing off any common sense whatsoever, you should be as well. At the end of this post you'll find code that you can use to link back. I want all of LiveJournal and then some reading this, your effort in spreading this around will be appreciated greatly. If you come across any links or organizations that should be included, reply with them. Thank you in advance for reading.

"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist - so I said nothing.
Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat - so I did nothing.
Then came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist - so I did nothing.
And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew - so I did nothing.
Then when they came for me, there was no one left who could stand up for me.

- Martin Niemöller
We are living in a time of extremist war against us all. What you think could never happen in this country IS happening, while the majority of us live our lives as if we are not affected and nothing will break our safe, comfortable little bubbles. We like to live as though nothing will ever be bad enough to really come in and destroy us, which is such an American trait, and take no notice of those who try relentlessly to do just that. To quote former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater: "A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." Our government and the current administration throws out catchphrases like "freedom" and "democracy", "right to live" and "judicial tyranny", and gems like "defending our homes and families from fanatical, fundamentalist terrorism" almost on a daily basis - and has the nerve to ignore the fact that it has been the victim of the same kind of malevolent hypocrisy. We are living under the reign of Fundamentalist Christian terrorism, and we do nothing to stop it - least of all change the way we think about ourselves and use our voices in dissention. During this Pride Month, use your minds and your voices and be the change you wish to see in the world.

Propaganda is and has always been a dangerous tool, especially when it is being used in the name of God. When God and the Bible (and the Quran, and the Book of Mormon) are being used as a club to beat people with, justice is raped and fairness ceases to exist. No one has the right to decide anything for you unless you make that choice for yourself to allow such a thing. I am never going to stand for anyone dictating what is or is not appropriate for me, least of all someone who appoints themselves as a spokesperson for an imaginary sky fairy I don't even believe exists.

So to all of you, likeminded people and not - gay, straight, faithful, faithless, questioning, whatever - understand something. I am an American, goddamnit. A big gay one. I need no one's approval or permission to be who I am, and that includes loving intensely, fucking passionately, or saying whatever the bloody fuck I feel like saying. If you don't like it, seek therapy. I support your right to say whatever misguided, rhetorical bullshit you want to say, but do not think for a single second that any of it is taken seriously. And I encourage anyone that listens to you to do the same, because the truth is you speak for no one but yourselves and if there really were any such thing as God then you are all completely fucked.

What you think could never happen IS happening. The same type of speech that Hitler used against the Jews is and always has been used against GLBT people by The Religious Reich. From the fringe to the mainstream, we're going to cover all of these wingnuts and I'm going to get your brain integrated with them all personally before they take over and we are all forced to live in a Margaret Atwood novel.

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What an odd day...

The good news is that the antihistamine combination I'm taking hs been quite effective today, I could smell AND taste the dinner I made! I thought I was coming down with a fever earlier, turns out it was just a hot flash of some sort.

My beautiful, extraordinary sweet D will be home tomorrow evening and I am looking forward to taking him in my arms and holding him more than you can imagine. This is the longest that we've ever been apart, and the farthest distance we've ever endured away from one another. And to tell the truth, it's made me feel very out of sorts. We'll make up for it next week as I'll have the entire house to myself while the family is off visiting Mickey Mouse and the like.

Welcome to all of the new people who have added me, feel free to plunder my icon repository and take anything you like - there something there for everyone. With almost 250 icons, there damned well should be!

I feel very calm with the promise of my boy coming home to me tomorrow. I've been extremely clingy this week and anyone who knows me knows that I'm rarely like that for extended periods of time. Perhaps I'm just becoming more affectionate, who knows. I think it would br great if that were the case, I know that he for one would be much happier. And several of my friends as well. Don't schedule the cuddle party or anything, that shit creeps me out. Fuckin' cuddle parties. No sex? No dry humping? Fuck off, just FUCK OFF!! That's like giving me an empty bun when I'm hungry and telling me it's really a hamburger or something. "Think it and be it, okay?" Um, no.

I'm looking forward to being in Atlanta during Pride weekend, to have the opportunity to meet so many new friends and hug and kiss the people I love while celebrating such a great communal sense of solidarity, there's just nothing else quite like it. I've already decided that I'll be making a video post during the parade march. It's going to be incredible seeing people's reactions who have never experienced it, I think that is possibly my favorite part of it. Being in an environment where for once you are part of the majority has got to be one of the most liberating experiences you can imagine.

Upcoming Posts in honor of Pride month:
  • Transgendered Folks, and why I have a special place in my heart for them
  • AIDS facts, myths, and why it is still a "gay disease" in some people's eyes
  • The Passion of Harvey Milk
  • Films I Revere
  • Activating your inner activist
  • Marriage equality
  • Learning to love & respect yourself, because we've all cried from being shit on enough already
Any other subjects you'd like to see me tackle while I'm at it?
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    Sigur Rós - Untitled #8 (Popplagið - The Pop Song)

Hump Day News Post

No Super HIV found in New York City after all
Um, excuse me? Someone needs to get their fucking ASS kicked for this.

The New York City health department announcement in February about a super strain of HIV that's impervious to medication has proven to be a false alarm. The patient did respond to drug therapy and no such strain has been found.
Senate confirms Brown
Once-filibustered nominee heads to federal appeals court

Democrats had blocked Brown's confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for two years by threatening filibusters.

Democrats called Brown, a California Supreme Court justice, "one of President Bush's most ideological and extreme judicial nominees," in the words of Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Opponents were particularly critical of Brown's views on corporate liability and abortion rights.

See also: How Janice Rogers Brown Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Great Depression
Colin Powell & Condi Rice said "no' WMD's in Iraq-2001
This is an english broadcast. It's them talking. - you be the judge.

Now couple that with Digby's post about Wolfie lying about WMD's

You be the judge. Meanwhile, check this out:
World military spending rose for a sixth year running in 2004, growing by 5 percent to $1.04 trillion on the back of "massive" U.S. budgetary allocations for its war on terror, a leading research institute said on Tuesday.

But world military expenditure was still 6 percent below all-time highs recorded in 1987-88 toward the end of the Cold War, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its annual yearbook.

With expenditure of $455 billion, the United States accounted for almost half the global figure, more than the combined total of the 32 next most powerful nations, said SIPRI, which is widely recognized for the reliability of its data.
Yes, that's right - Almost half of the entire world's military spending. See this post by Kos for more.
Social Security Plan Support Dwindling
Most Don't Back Bush Idea, WaPo Poll Finds

President Bush yesterday said his plan to restructure Social Security would improve the program's long-term stability without shrinking the retirement income of older Americans. But a new Washington Post-ABC News survey found a clear majority of the public does not believe that.

The poll found that 56 percent said the president's plan to couple new personal retirement accounts with a reduction in guaranteed benefits for most Americans would cut the overall retirement income of seniors. About a third -- 32 percent -- said Bush's proposals would result in future retirees receiving more money.
Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris Announces Senate Bid
Oh my fucking hell... She'll never get past Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, who was praised and vilified for her role as Florida's secretary of state in the 2000 presidential recount, said Tuesday she will run for the U.S. Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

Her announcement brings a high-profile name and the potential to raise a substantial amount of money to a race that Republicans already have said they would target.

"Today, after months of encouragement from friends and constituents, colleagues and advisers, many prayers and with the love and support of my family, the time has come to launch a campaign for the U.S. Senate," Harris told The Associated Press.

Harris, who is serving her second term in Congress, will formally announce her plans in July.
You're not going to believe this, but Bush lied. Lots of times
I know, you must be as shocked as I am. *files nails*

The Downing Street Memo reported that in a July 23, 2002 meeting between Prime Minister Blair and his war cabinet, attendees of the meeting discussed the fact that President Bush had already made up his mind to attack Iraq. According to the minutes of the meeting:
"There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action."
Yet, as the record below proves, President Bush claimed over and over after July 23rd until the war began that he had not made up his mind.

Bush: "Of course, I haven’t made up my mind we’re going to war with Iraq." [10/1/02]

Bush: "Hopefully, we can do this peacefully – don’t get me wrong. And if the world were to collectively come together to do so, and to put pressure on Saddam Hussein and convince him to disarm, there’s a chance he may decide to do that. And war is not my first choice, don’t – it’s my last choice." [11/7/02]

Bush: "This is our attempt to work with the world community to create peace. And the best way for peace is for Mr. Saddam Hussein to disarm. It’s up to him to make his decision." [12/4/02]

Bush: "You said we’re headed to war in Iraq – I don’t know why you say that. I hope we’re not headed to war in Iraq. I’m the person who gets to decide, not you. I hope this can be done peacefully." [12/31/02]

Bush: "First of all, you know, I’m hopeful we won’t have to go war, and let’s leave it at that." [1/2/03]

Bush: "But Saddam Hussein is – he’s treated the demands of the world as a joke up to now, and it was his choice to make. He’s the person who gets to decide war and peace." [2/7/03]

Bush: "I’ve not made up our mind about military action. Hopefully, this can be done peacefully.” [3/6/03]

Bush: "I want to remind you that it’s his choice to make as to whether or not we go to war. It’s Saddam’s choice. He’s the person that can make the choice of war and peace." [3/6/03]

Bush: "We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq. But if Saddam Hussein does not disarm peacefully, he will be disarmed by force." [3/8/03]

Bush: "Should Saddam Hussein choose confrontation, the American people can know that every measure has been taken to avoid war, and every measure will be taken to win it." [3/17/03]
Church and State joined at the Hip
CNN's Inside Politics: Gov. Perry of Texas signed an anti-gay marriage law inside a Christian Church!!!

Howard Dean calls it out
Where did he fucking lie? WHAT Namecalling is Ken Mehlman whining about?

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Wednesday defended his recent harsh criticism of Republicans, including his observation that they are "pretty much a white, Christian party."

Dean noted that he, too, is a white Christian. But he said the GOP is too narrow in its scope and the Democratic Party is far more diverse.

While even prominent Democrats in recent days have distanced themselves from some of his comments, the outspoken Dean, appearing on NBC"s "Today" show, said criticism of him is meant by Republicans to divert attention from the country's problems and make him the issue instead.

Dean told a forum of journalists and minority leaders Monday that Republicans are "not very friendly to different kinds of people, they are a pretty monolithic party … it's pretty much a white, Christian party."

Challenged on that during the NBC interview, Dean said "unfortunately, by and large it is. And they have the agenda of the conservative Christians."

"This is a diversion from the issues that really matter: Social Security, and adequate job opportunity, strong public schools, a strong defense," Dean said.

Asked about it on the "Fox & Friends" show, GOP Party Chairman Ken Mehlman joked that "a lot of folks who attended my Bar Mitzvah would be surprised" he heads a Christian party.

"We gotta get ourselves beyond this point where when we disagree about politics, we call the other guy names," he said.