Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Husband on the NY Times "Coming Out" Artcle.

My husband is an amazing man. He has written a bolg entry YOU have to read...

The glaciers melted and left the Great Lakes.
Krakatoa blew its top and sent Europe into a little ice age
Barbra recorded " Color Me Barbra".....

The universe changes, sometimes as slow as melting glaciers, sometimes as fast as a few million kiloton explosion, you have to pay attention, either way.

This Sunday's NYT Magazine has a cover story about gay kids in 2008 : (errrrr, 2009.. time moves slower up here...) READ IT ALL HERE

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Taking on the lies in Maine

In the State of Maine this No on Prop 1 ad takes on the "protect our children" attack head on.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

If only the US were as evolved...

This Spanish Toreador seems comfortable with his own sexuality. I am not endorsing bullfighting, but according to Americablog...

Matador Joselito Ortega will be plugging a club-scene energy beverage called Gay Up and have those words embroidered into his cape in large, red cursive letters....

"I am a bullfighter. That is not going to change. I am going to go out into the ring as I have done until now, to risk my life, and the seven goring wounds on my body prove that," he told The AP Wednesday. "If the gay community welcomes me as an image or a symbol, that is fine."

OK! Now how about the NFL or MLB? San Fransisco 49ers? The Giants?


+Gene and the Decay of Civilization

The Bishop of New Hampshire, The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, spoke at Momentum Conference about where we find our inner power. I would commend you to watch a 5 minute clip at the link below below.

I was taken aback once more by his story of death threats, especially a revelation that the NH polices arrested a man in January of this year with a sawed-off shot gun and an Internet generated set of directions to his house.

The lack of civil discourse in our "discussions" of health care has been high on my list of concerns about society. But +Gene's reminders about the constant death threats starts one digging for the roots of our civilization's decay. I would contend that there is something rotten that needs to removed, a cancer that cannot be allowed to grow.

It does not escape me that the people who want Gene Robinson dead probably are saying the same thing, and many in the name of the same God in whom I believe.

Gene understands that or each of us there is a "True Compass." He does not use this phase, but it is the title of Edward M. Kennedy's autobiography, and the late senator's deep faith is what drove him to champion the reversal of injustices.

Religion at it's best helps us to see the big picture, draw us into communion, community, and civilization. It is, as presented in Dan Brown's new book, the basis of a Masonic belief that finding commonalities that bring us together spiritually is the mortar of civilization.

Surely those who preach segregation through religion, for that is what any claim to knowing who is in and who is out amounts to, are making great progress in our country. Those who preach Armageddon and a "left behind" understanding of The Bible are in danger of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This is a religious and a secular issue. There are talk show hosts who encourage demonizing the opposition. They make excuses for assault rifles at public gatherings. They encourage racist images and fascist references. Their prophecies are in danger of becoming fulfilled as well.

So I ask, what is the cancer that must be removed from society in your mind? Is it really +Gene Robinson?

Watch +Gene HERE

Coming Out in Middle School - NYTM

The New York Times Magazine will publish an article on "Coming Out in Middle School" this Sunday. For most LGBT people in generation middle school (AKA junior high) was hell on earth. It still is at least purgatory, but kids ate coming out younger. The resources that are available make this possible.
Going online broke through the isolation that had been a hallmark of being young and gay, and it allowed gay teenagers to find information to refute what their families or churches sometimes still told them — namely, that they would never find happiness and love.
And given the fact that a young man in Ohlahoma is featured, I found this amazing:
In one corner, a short, perky eighth-grade girl kissed her ninth-grade girlfriend of one year. I asked them where they met. “In church,” they told me.
So we turn these people away, because?

Read the full article HERE.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Broadway Impact buses to DC

The buses are full... but if you are in NYC you can sponser one!

March for Equailty update

There will be a bus from Rochester. Get aboard!

And you can get on a bus in Rochester for $60/person. Click HERE to find out how. Kyle and I will be riding!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

End of Summer Outside Stuff

This growing season has been amazing! It has meant weeding has been a bear... especially after being out of town for a month. But the reward is that one of the "reblooming" irises actually did! Immortality is said to be a reliable rebloomer is more temperate climes, but this is only the second season I have seen it preform in Rochester.

Meanwhile I have finally tackled dividing the iris in one bed.

Next year will probably not be as spectacular as this year was, but the tangled mess of rhizomes had to be attacked. Hard for me to throw out as much as I did, but it was also the only way to get red of the grasses that were tightly woven among the roots. I dug up 4 varieties completely, treated the area with Round-up weed killer and replanted the divided clumps a few days later.

Four new beds were planted by using Round-up and then hand-digging out the area of the remaining roots.

The hideous lean-to is a little less hideous thank to the wall/fence I built. YES, I BUILT. The testosterone treatments have finally kicked in...

It's almost done!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Facts? We don't need no stinking facts!

This chart is compiled from information presented, as stated from the World Health Organization and presented in an article "The brutal truth about America's health care" from The Independent (UK).

It would seem that this data quite well documents the inefficiency of Health Care in the US. That would be the response from an reasonable individual. Facts are facts, right?

Below follows a post which is very revealing of the mentality with which facts are received in the current state of what passes for "debate." This was a response posted to a blog according to a friend of mine. The data is real. The response may be apocryphal, or it may be, we can only hope, satire:

ndependentusa wrote:‹
Saturday, 15 August 2009 at 01:42 am (UTC)
As an American living in the rugged state of Arizona, be it known that us American's consider Britain our closest ally and friend. In spite of our first American Revolution in the late 1700's, Americans today, have a special friendship and respect for the people of England and the UK.

The actual TRUTH from terra firma on this side of the pond is simply this:

A majority of Americans DO NOT want universal health care as you have in England. If England's people feel their system serves them well, so be it.

We do not want a government run, socialized healthcare system period. This issue has polarized the American people based on an ugly past of slavery and racism. Minorities in America want free handouts, and "Dis-advantaged" status from our government. The working middle class of America do not want to pay for handouts to the poor and ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS period.

We the people in the United States are currently in a fight for our lives and Liberty again. Our government is trying to force Progressive and Liberal ideas down our throats, while they have been slowly cooking us in a pot of liberalism over the past 30 years.

Progressive and Liberal ideas have slowly infiltrated every aspect of our society over the last 3 decades, and average American people are starting to now understand what is happening.

Americans are starting to understand the CODE WORDS that progressives are using to try and re-frame all speech and ideas, and laws with: DIVERSITY, INCLUSIVENESS, MULTI-CULTURAL, SOCIAL JUSTICE, ECONOMIC PARITY, GENDER EQUALITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, ETC, ETC.

All of these terms are basically mean REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH.

We are undergoing a second REVOLUTION to erradicate the INSIDIOUS institutions of the Progressives and the left wing Liberals, and to reclaim true LIBERTY AND FREEDOM across our land.

We Americans have empathy with our friends in England, and think that it is wrong of your government to CENSURE englander's FREE SPEECH. SPEECH CODES ARE SIMPLY WRONG. WE MUST ALLOW ALL TYPES OF SPEECH, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE LABELED AS "HATE SPEECH", in order to hear ALL ideas period.

We draw the line on free speech when a DIRECT THREAT TO SOMEONES LIFE IS MADE.

Most of our media is controlled by PROGRESSIVE thinking people.

The main source of TRUTH in our media right now is FOX NEWS CHANNEL period.