international human rights day

Today is International Human Rights Day. If you believe in human and civil rights for ALL people, do what you can to invalidate Prop. 8. Or else talented folks are going to keep making fun of you:

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Also today:

It’s an interesting concept, and I see what the organizers are trying to accomplish, but after reading bstewart’s take on Day Without A Gay, I opted to go into work today, because I happen to agree with him. I will still not purchase anything today, and I am researching volunteer work for this weekend (my lack of car is a bit of a detriment for volunteering anywhere in the city in the evenings).  I will also be participating in Light Up the Night for Equality on December 20th.

Also, I’m wearing my white marriage equality bracelet (which I wear nearly every day as it is) and I’ve put together a little poster for work (which is easily seen by anyone who walks by my cubicle):

As you can see, CuteFilmNerd thinks it’s important for people to see my display.  Because we are both ardent believers in equality for ALL humans.

i’m not one…

…but I’m glad they are:

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more about “i’m not one…“, posted with vodpod

This is both one of the saddest and most hopeful videos I’ve ever seen.

(H/t to bstewart)

she’s not dead, jim…

…just a remarkable simulacrum.  Which would explain all the folks milling around me with stakes and garlic and the like.  I need to point out the fact that, though it may be Halloween week, I am out and about in the daylight.

I’ve actually been percolating all sorts of thoughts in my cranium that would lead to a blog entry or two, but today is not the day for that.  I’m tired and weary and sore after serving as photographer last night for a screening that CuteFilmNerd put together.  I haven’t moved like that in years. Well, at least not in public.

But I’m breaking my blog silence to take advantage of bragging rights I’ve been awarded by the lovely Janiece, Hot Chick Extraordinaire, who has named me winner of the Comment of the Week.

Back later in the week to issue my own words of wisdom re: next week’s election, especially in regards to Proposition 8 in California.

not much content…

I know that I haven’t posted much as of late with actual content, and for that I apologize. It’s not so much that I’m so totally heels-over-ass in love with CuteFilmNerd that nothing else matters (though there is a bit of that happening, I must admit – it ain’t perfect, but I’m okay with that, ’cause nothing’s perfect anyway).

It’s just that I’m still more burned out re: politics than I realized, though I’m keeping up on what’s going on and frequently have to stop myself from throwing something at the TV when CNN blathers on and on with “analysis” that is well and truly fucking annoying and not really analytical.

(PS: In January I promised that I would watch less CNN, which wasn’t such a hardship for me, as I didn’t watch it much to begin with. However, in January I wasn’t dating a self-proclaimed info addict who feels bereft if he misses CNN during the course of the day, even though he agrees with me that it’s primarily substance-free. I think the only thing he uses his TV for is watching DVDs and CNN. Oh dear.)

So yeah, I know about Sarah Palin and all that, but, ya know what? She’s a distraction. It’s important to know what she’s all about and to sift through the chaff to get at the wheat, especially since, should McCain be elected, she really would be an aneurysm away from the Big Chair. But I prefer to read up on her from sources that are neither rah-rah nor boo-hiss about her, such as Jim over at Stonekettle Station, a man who actually lives in Alaska and knows a thing or two about Palin as both Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska. He’s no raving ditto-head, being someone who values critical thinking and independent thought, so I trust his judgment in this regard.

Now personally, I don’t like Palin. She’s way too far right-wing on social issues that I care deeply about. Her apparent utter devotion to an extremely social conservative Christian denomination scares the crap out of me because it seems as if she’ll bring religion into government, which I am steadfastly against (see Carlin quote above). I don’t think she’s ready for the big leagues and I don’t agree that she should be taking on such a profoundly huge responsibility at this time (Down’s-Syndrome baby and pregnant teen and all – and yes, I’d say that if a male VP nominee were dealing with the same issues). It doesn’t help that she looks a hell of a lot like a former co-worker whom I didn’t like all that much. And I’m pissed off that it does seem as if one of the main reasons the McCain campaign chose her was to try to appeal to PUMAs and, they hope, other women. Granted, those women are not only supremely stupid but are betraying everything that Hillary Clinton has stood for to them, but still, for the rest of us with double X chromosomes – that is fucking insulting. Contrary what some may think, my brain cells did not migrate to my breasts once they started to develop at puberty (though that might explain why men stare at them when ostensibly talking to me).

But I have to say, if Palin has actually been a good governor for Alaska? Good on her. She gets credit for that and I will gladly give it. However, I do think she should just continue to be governor.

John Amato and Arianna Huffington are right. We are letting McCain and his campaign distract us with his glittery new VP nominee and we have got to stop. She’s not up for election. He is. We need to stop letting him sit back with that scary smirk as he lets Palin continue to be the shiny nickel that distracts us from his slight-of-hand.

(Tortured metaphor much?)

gettin’ back in the groove…

I haven’t written much about politics in a while. Mainly because I was freaking burned out. I did a lot of work for the Edwards campaign and his dropping out – followed soon thereafter by the breakup with HSTeacher and a financial crisis (which I’m still recovering from) – ensured that I just didn’t have the energy or desire to do any real work in the political arena. As it was, the only reason I didn’t bow out of being Tech Chair for SoCal Grassroots was that it was right before the new term started and I didn’t feel right abandoning them without anyone to work on the tech side of things. And the only reason I did work for US Tour of Duty was because I was getting paid to do so, even though I totally believe in what the organization is all about.

Of course, after Edwards dropped out, folks were asking me who I supported: Clinton or Obama. Because, apparently, it’s critical that I support someone before the convention in August. Some of the questioners were surprised by my answer: a pox on both their houses. The nominee will get my vote in November and that’s it.

Yeah, I was freaking bitter. And not in a mental or emotional position to seriously entertain switching my allegiances, even though my main guy was no longer in the race.

I’m feeling less bitter these days and have revised my outlook slightly. I’m still not going to do any work for either of the leading candidates, because I still have serious issues with both of them and neither has convinced me that he/she would be better than the other.

But.

After the nominee is finally chosen, I will work on her/his behalf. I really, REALLY don’t want McCain to get into office and will do whatever I can to keep that from happening. And not just because he’s the Republican nominee. I’ve never trusted him, quite frankly, and have never bought his “Straight Talk” schtick. While I’ll admit that he’s reached across the aisle more than other legislators on the right, I don’t think he would make a good president and, more likely than not, would get us even further embroiled in wars and sticky situations that we have no business being in. I also think that either Obama or Clinton would make a better president.

I’ll be attending a few political events over the course of April, including one tomorrow night, and am looking forward to it. Actually, this month is getting so chock full of social events that I finally signed onto Google calendar, so that I wouldn’t double book myself. As it is, on the week of my birthday I’ve got something going on every night.

I think I’m starting to find my political groove again…

that silly diebold…

From Bri:

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from www.theonion.com posted with vodpod

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

go out and…

Vote

I did this morning, before work. It was very tough for me, what with my guy suspending his candidacy last week and all and me having serious (albeit different) issues with both Obama and Clinton. I still marked up that ballot, though, because it’s important. And, as I thought, I didn’t make up my mind until I stared the ballot in the ink bubbles.

Go vote. It’s unbelievably important.

damn it!

This makes me a very sad girl.

John Edwards’ 2008 campaign is the first presidential campaign I’ve ever worked on, so it’s hitting me much harder than I realized it might. I really do believe that he’s the best person for the job. so to know that he’s not going to get the chance (at least, not this time) is very upsetting.

I don’t have a second choice, because I REALLY do not trust either Clinton or Obama. I would love to see either a woman or an African-American in the White House, but not these two. So I’m not sure how I’m going to vote on February 5th. I may still vote for Edwards, just because I believe in him so much and I’m so opposed to the current front runners. Or, just to be pissy, I may vote for Mike Gravel. He hasn’t dropped out yet, he’s on the primary ballot and I actually like a lot of what he has to say.

Still won’t be the same, though.

I’ll miss ya, John, I really will.

new website gig…

Thanks to MusicianMan, I got myself a new website gig: US Tour of Duty. I didn’t design it, but starting last week I migrated the hosting over to a new company, updated the information and bullshitted (bullshat?) my way through altering a couple of graphics. Not bad, considering I am in no way a graphic artist. And it looks like I’ll be the main maintenance person. Whee! Even better? I’m getting paid. Double whee! It’s not much – since it’s a grassroots operation, I don’t like to charge a lot, especially when I believe in the work. But it’s enough for a little extra money, which is always helpful, and definitely more than I’m getting paid for the other sites I maintain on a volunteer basis.

So that make three websites of which I am the maintenance person: SoCal Grassroots, LA4Edwards and US Tour of Duty. All very worthy organizations, if I do say so myself.

oh yeah, bill baby…

Ya know, I’m just loving Bill Maher. Seriously, the more I see of him, the more I’m loving what he’s all about. The man’s got brains, balls and a wit sharp enough to skewer a roasted pig (which he might not do, as he’s a prominent member of PETA). He’s definitely making his way into my imaginary male seraglio (though Jon Stewart is still my imaginary boyfriend – sorry Bill). I may not always agree with him, but he makes a hell of a lot of sense, which wins mega points in my book.

What’s got me joining in on the Maher love? His Dickheads of the Year article.

Ooh, yeah, Bill, give Mama what she likes…