politics: October 2008 Archives
The Annual 17th Street High Heel Race made national news. I even saw a clip on the Keith Olberman show, and some friends from Madison mentioned they saw a clip of it on their local news. It's gotten to be a very big event. This year I just wasn't in the mood for the crowds. Sometimes I totally skip holidays, and I guess this year is my skip year. I will be wearing my UPS costume (old pic at left) to the rugby party on Saturday, but it seems I've grown out of my tight chocolate brown shorts. What evil closet gnome shrunk my shorts?
Let me frame the California Proposition 8 issue this way: how much does hate cost? The combined campaigns both for and against Proposition 8 is over a record $60 million dollars. $60,000,000.00. It's both amazing and ridiculous. Imagine all the other things that money could go to: rebuilding New Orleans, renovating deteriorating national park infrastructures, building greenspace recreation areas, and the list of the better things I can think of go on and on. One day we're gonna look back on this crap and shake our heads. If there was a shred of respect I had for the church of Latter-Day Saints, it's gone now. The same for most organized religions. I think it's all a buncha crap.
Fraggle Rock—Underground hippie commune or dangerous Muppet terror cell?
As a long-time blogger I need to get something off my chest. To you readers who are marketers, promoters, or campaigners, listen up because I'm going to give you some important advice about unpaid bloggers and the etiquette involved in asking a blogger to pimp a product, person or event for you for free. I don't get paid for this shit. When you ask me to promote a goddamn Ben Cohen hottie calendar and I do, you send me a fucking calendar, you got it?
I'm not asking for compensation in the hundreds of dollars, I'm asking for a gesture of thanks and consideration. People get paid lots of money to market and promote, and if you think bloggers don't know this you are mistaken. We are not hypertext drones just dying to blabber about the release of your new whatever. One example of a polite gesture of thanks and consideration was when I made mention of a particular DJs theme night at a local club. In return I got a great promo CD, which is one of my favorite CDs to this day. When this person doesn't have any schwag like that, I at least get a thank you message from this polite and considerate promoter.
Last week I endorsed several local candidates. The post was at the top of this blog for four days, and I checked the server logs and that particular entry was visited over 10,000 times. Ten thousand people read that they should vote for _______ _______ . And then you have the cojones ask me to donate to your campaign? Pumpkin, your candidate got a lot of free exposure from that entry, and the words I typed and cute thumbnail image I took the time to crop nicely has value. Just ask the bloggers who do put advertisements on their blog. They get paid by the thousands of page hits and click-throughs to the ads. I don't have ads on this blog, but I do occasionally pimp a person, product or event. And when I do, I think it's polite that I get a little something back - or at the very least please have the sense not to ask me for more. If I pimp your bar, can I get a fucking beer on the house for once? Just one beer for all that exposure? And to the Ben Cohen team, y'all can suck my dick (please?).
I want to give a shout-out for the gays in California who have married or are concerned about their freedom to be recognized by the State of California as a couple. Proposition 8 threatens to rewrite their state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
I encourage all of my California readers to vote No on Proposition 8. Those of you with friends or relatives in California, share these thoughts and encourage them to vote the same. For you California voters, please remember that the propositions are located towards the bottom (or end, if electronic) of the ballot, so don't stop at the big names at the top!
If you're out of state or just want to support the No on 8 campaign, you can donate here or volunteer with the No on 8 campaign.
While the image of a same-sex pair in a wedding ceremony may be frightening to some, I think most people would vote in favor of supporting a same-sex couple's relationship - that is allowing the relationship to be recognized in a favorable way in regards to shared health benefits, tax credits for couples, and the ability to be able to visit your partner in the hospital. Most of my readers are probably in favor of this too, but I think it was important to say a few words about it. There are many gay couples in California and across the country who have been in long-term relationships that should be recognized by the state and the nation, with the same benefits that heterosexuals get from their legal agreement or partnership. These people pay taxes, are productive members of society and should be recognized as such by their state and nation.
Voting day is Tuesday, November 4th (for me), and although my voting trends tend to be in line with typical DC voting patterns, I'm gonna go vote anyway. My vote is more critical at the local level, where we have to rid the neighborhood of several old-time symbols of urban rot and inefficiency.
If you're having a hard time making your decisions on who to vote for, try my time-tested measure, something I call "The Janet Jackson Rule" (not to be confused with "The Pleasure Principle" by the same artist). When thinking about a candidate or organization to support, ask yourself "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" and carefully consider your answers to yourself.
I will vote for active, involved local representatives for the ANC 02 positions, like Kevin Chapple who has done a great job in our ANC 0202 neighborhood. I have met Kevin, Alex Padro, and Theresa Sule (remember these names) at neighborhood meetings and they are communicative, positive, active and involved in their community. I'm generally endorsing along Miss In Shaw, Daddy 5-0 and RenewShaw's lines. I guess that makes us a coven, or possibly a cabal.
Anyway, my endorsements go to the candidates in bold:
2C01 Alexander M. "Alex" Padro (incumbent, at right)
2C01 Mary A. Sutherland
2C01 Sarah Livingston
Alex knows what's up, is involved with the community and has demonstrated the ability to get things done.
2C02 Kevin Chapple(incumbent, at left)
2C02 Leroy Thorpe
Again, I vote for the person who has gets things done. Kevin spends a lot of time solving problems and gives attention to issues in our neighborhood. The alternative is unthinkable. 2C02 will only go backwards under Thorpe's rule. Vote forward.
2C03 Doris L. Brooks (incumbent)
2C03 Jessica Lanza (at right)
Jessica Lanza promises to represent the forgotten people in the new buildings at Gallery Place and Penn Quarter. These citizens may be new to the neighborhood, but they're still citizens and need represenation. PS: Said forgotten people also need to reprezent themselves, so get out there and vote.
2C04 Barbara Curtis (incumbent)
2C04 Theresa Sule (at left)
I've met Theresa, she's active in the community and is a positive force for tangible change in the community.
For those of you in my neighborhood who do not trust your ballots in the hands of Shiloh's Family Life Center or need to vote early, you can vote at the DC Board of Elections and Ethics at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250 North. Voters wishing to vote in-person at the Board's office may do so from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. between Monday, October 20th and Monday November 3rd (including Saturdays but not Sundays).
And I'm voting for Senator Barack Obama for U.S. President because the White House needs a huge mocha enema and I think we need someone with the middle name "Hussein" as our nation's leader. And because I don't want to look at Senator Twitchy Tapioca Face anymore, and because I'm frightened by Governor End-Of-Days from Alaska.
This morning while I was waiting for the bus to work I was approached by a young man in a nice suit who handed me a flyer and politely asked me, "Do you believe we will survive current disasters like the economic crisis, wars around the globe, and impending global warming?"
"Yes, I do," I replied, and handed his flyer back to him. I did not want the paper to be wasted as I understand how expensive it is to produce nice color copy. Since I'm looking at life in the long-term, I'm concerned about this death cultist's environmentally unfriendly waste of good paper.
The dude was proselytizing for another one of those end-of-days death cults, like the church Sarah Palin attends in Wasilla, Alaska. If a person believes that the end of the world is coming in a few years, how do you think that will influence their day to day policies?
The Rapture is a popular event prophecized by these "Christian" death cults, and Palin's Assembly of God church is one of them. These people believe in the End of Days, basically an Armegeddon prophecized by a series of events or signs that the end is near. They think Obama is one of these signs, as are a slew of other events that may or may not be interpreted as current events.
(BTW/FYI: the 1991 film The Rapture starring David Duchovny and Mimi Rogers is really rad.)
What frightens me is that these people are planning and training for the end of days, and expect it to come soon (they always frame it as coming "soon," like so many other death cults). Therefore many of their daily or long-term decisions are based on a global endpoint. These are the kinds of decisions Sarah Palin will make. It is possible that W is also subscribed to this death cult as well.
Her church also believes that you can "pray away the gay." Last night at the gym I saw a gay who I've seen out and about around town, wearing a McCain/Palin 2008 campaign tee-shirt. If you're supporting representatives from a party whose platform includes the reduction of your basic human rights, with a candidate who would like to wish away your gay, what kind of fucked-up world view do you have about your sexuality?
Self-loathing isn't the specialty of the gays, straight death-cultists practice self-loathing too. Do you really think you're such a bad person that God is going to punish you for being so naughty? He's really going to blow up the world for your sins? Really? That's bullshit. Stop hating yourself and people as a whole, buck up and start loving life, you idiots.
I'd like to think I'm a person of faith, but these crazy-ass death cults give higher powers a bad name. And as cranky as I can get, I don't believe I'm going to witness the end of the world in my lifetime. I think life is too amazing right now to think that some higher power is planning the destruction of the universe. Sometimes I believe life is actually quite mundane and we won't be given the pleasure of witnessing anything exciting like an apocalypse anytime soon. Life goes on, and isn't usually that interesting. My outlook depends on my mood.
Death cults are for people who can't handle reality. Real life is tough, and the next ten years are going to suck. Most people don't have the balls to handle real life, so they lean on some whack mythology to help them cope. Imagining four gnarly horsemen and pearls in the sky is one way out of dealing with the daily hardships in life. If you're looking forward to the end of days, you basically don't have to deal with daily life. To me, that is a weak way of dealing with everyday life. I believe life will go on, and we have to face it and do our best to make the world better. If that kook at the bus stop hadn't come up to me before my morning coffee riled me up, I woulda said the same thing to him.
The accompanying images have nothing to do with this post, other than being part of a previous post I wrote about Betty White and the end of days. One could just as easily believe that Betty White, Fenris Wolf, and the Swedish Chef are signs of the upcoming end of days too.
Suze Orman will chomp your head off after her HRC Dinner speech. Photo by Joe Tresh at Washington Photo Journal.
I will assist this noble effort by first stating that both gay and straight bloggers have been frakkin' lazy lately. Update yer goddamn blogs goddammit...all of you! Then you might be worthy of a funded training initiative, but not until you show a recent, significant body of work.
Good News: alleged Georgetown gay bashers set for hearing on Wednesday. Now if they could only nab the bashers in Columbia Heights and Shaw.
"Nuclear" - nu-klee-ur. Nuclear bombs, nuclear power, nuclear families. Say it fucking ten times right, goddammit. NOT nu-kyoo-lur. Why can't anyone get it right? If you're going to try to prohibit the escalation of nuclear bombs, be a proponent of nuclear energy or promote the nuclear family, at least get the word right.
Vote O'Bama/O'Biden in '08! I'm voting the Black Irish party ticket.
The word "maverick" shall heretofore be banned in 2009 and beyond until further notice. I don't want to hear that word again. Also, I do not want a "normal Joe Six-Pack American" in the position of vice presidency. I'm more comfortable having that type of person delivering my UPS packages, or fine-tuning my car. Or did she mean she wants a vice-president with six-pack abs? That would be hot.
Palin was charismatic and often smooth in her delivery, and to many viewers, that's all that matters I'm afraid. But at least Biden didn't have verbal diarrhea like he sometimes does, and he knew his facts and had a few good zingers. I hope he came off as more competent. Still, I worry and I'm going to be a mess until November.