Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Quote of the Year

"You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing to listen to you."
--former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski to Joe Scarborough

For Richer or Poorer

"Since the beginning of the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen to roughly the same level it was 10 years ago. In other words, Americans are no richer now than they were in 1998."

Friday, December 19, 2008

Shepard Speaks

"Tomorrow my illustration for Time Magazine’s “Person of The Year” hits the newsstands. While I’m very honored to be validated by a periodical that is nothing short of an American institution, the moment is bittersweet because I’m very disappointed by Obama’s appointment of Rick Warren to deliver his invocation during Obama’s inaugural address. Rick Warren is against gay marriage and reproductive rights, and he does not believe in evolution (maybe he offers himself as proof of lack of evolution). I understand that Obama is trying to appeal to conservatives and evangelicals, but this move is symbolically a slap in the face to many people. Warren is not a uniter, but a divider… he is intolerant in many of his views. I still think Obama is the best choice for president, but I can’t condone Warren’s involvement in Obama’s inauguration, no matter how insignificant it is. While I’m on the subject of gay marriage, I will be donating a chunk of the proceeds from an inauguration poster of Obama I was asked to create to the movement to overturn Prop 8. At first I was considering pulling my inauguration poster, but I think re-directing funds from it to put into a cause I care about is actually more constructive. Plus, I wouldn’t want withdrawing the image to come across as a blanket boycott of Obama. I’m sure I will ultimately disagree with Obama about many things, but I think I will agree with him on more. I think it is important to speak one’s mind, but also to not let the narcissism of petty differences sabotage our unity and progress."

--Shepard Fairey (emphasis mine)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Good Idea

"If Christians and traditionalists want to preserve the 'sanctity' of marriage as something between a man and a woman, with all the mumbo jumbo that entails, let them. They only hasten the collapse of marriage. Instead of demanding gay marriage, in effect trying to modernize an increasingly moribund institution, maybe lesbian and gay people should push for civil partnerships to be opened to cross-sex couples, as they are in France - where they have proved very popular. I suspect civil partnerships, new, secular, literally down-to-earth contracts between two equals, relatively free of the baggage of tradition, ritual and unrealistic expectations, would also prove very popular with cross-sex couples in the Anglo world at a time when the institution of marriage is the most unpopular it's ever been among people who aren't actually gay. Yes, cross-sex couples can have civil marriage ceremonies, but they're still marriages, not partnerships. If made open to everyone, civil partnerships might eventually not just be an alternative to marriage. Marriage might end up being something left to Mormons. Perhaps my skepticism about gay marriage and marriage in general is down to the fact that I'm terminally single. Perhaps it's all just sour grapes. Or maybe I prefer to burn with passion than marry. After all, St Paul's violently ascetic world-view which regarded marriage as a poor runner-up to chastity, also ensured that the Christian Church would burn sodomites like kindling for centuries. Either way, I think it needs to be mentioned amidst all this shouting about gay domesticity that, important as it is to see lesbian and gay couples recognised and given legal protection, probably most gay men (though probably not most lesbians) are single and probably will be single for most of their lives. With or without civil partnerships/unions. Or even the magical, symbolic power of gay marriage." - Mark Simpson

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Draft Jon Stewart For Clinton's Senate Seat

(He was, after all, born in New York City.)

Contact Governor David Patterson here.

Thank you, Jon

"It's a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to make their case, that they deserve the same basic rights."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Christmas Comes Early...

When People Ask "Why Do They Hate Us?"

... just show them this.

Better Late Than Never

Now, can he just die 4201 times?

Quote of the Day

"The organization No On 8 failed us. Before the TV ad war started, we were up 14-17 points in the polls. Then No On 8 spent some $37 million of your money to spam the California airwaves with really lousy ads, while the other side spent a similar amount to spam the California airwaves with ads that were, whatever else they may have been, effective. While the bad TV ads were not the only component of our loss (last-minute preaching from the pulpits was a factor), had our ads been good ads, we would have held onto our lead. And producing those mind numbingly expensive ads (which I and many others publicly criticized as they were airing) was one piece of the war that No On 8 had 100% control over. The moment has arrived to extend a gigantic thank you to the Yes on Prop 8 folks, to the Roman Catholic bishops, to the Knights of Columbus, to politicized fundamentalist Christians and, most especially, to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka The Mormons, since they funded half of the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. We have now indeed entered Activism 4.0 or whatever the hell you want to call it. Our 'leaders' let us down and you -- you, the average gay or lesbian citizen who just wants to have equal rights and maybe even get married -- you have seized power by using Facebook and your blogs, e-mail and Twitter, MySpace and text-messages to launch a new gay movement -- A movement that got gay and lesbian Americans to stage simultaneous protests two days ago in hundreds of American cities and towns. Wow. You don't have to listen to the gay 'leaders' who failed you anymore, you don't have to give them any more money, you just have to figure out what you want to do next with the power that now is yours -- to get what you want: Full equality. I am intensely eager to see your next steps. It is an exciting time indeed. The purely legal groups in our movement do heroic work every day, so my diatribe tonight is not an across-the-board assault on every non-grassroots gay entity. My diatribe is aimed at No On 8, the forces in our movement that shaped No On 8/EQCA's mindset on this campaign, and the entities in our movement that persuaded or cajoled No On 8 to proceed as it did -- even as so many other voices were telling them over and over, 'You're screwing this up.'" -- Rex Wockner

President Cooties

Huck, You!

One for the "You've Got To Be F-ing Kidding" file.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Friends We Need, Post-Prop 8 Edition

Action Alert: Saturday November 15

A rally in Seattle to protest the Proposition 8 vote in California and to support marriage equality will be held at Volunteer Park starting at 10:30am. This is a timed event with synchronized events going on across the country. Then there will be a march to Westlake Center.

There is also an event in Spokane at the same time.

Washington State organizing page
Facebook Group
Official Website

Schadenfreude Watch

Say it isn't so, Joe.

Friday, November 07, 2008

WeHo, We Have a Problem

Rod 2.0 relays disturbing reports of racist taunts against black gay men at the West Hollywood protests of the passage of Proposition 8.

Please, fellas, can we wait a while before assembling the Leftist Circular Firing Squads?

(Confidential to Dan and Andy--guys, please: blame won't fix this, only outreach will.)

The Downside of Election Day 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Well, Someone Finally Said It...

...and The Palinator just kept talking.

Christopher Hitchens has some of his own thoughts about the Palin nomination.

Here Comes The Sun

The future. Almost here.

There might just be hope.

If Obama loses...

Forget Canada, why not really get away?

Closing Arguments

Now, vote for this man, damnit.

Ten Reasons

Sullivan delineates the reasons for a Conservative to vote for Obama.

I Heart Joan

Ms. Didion's dark but accurate insight on Election 2008 can be read here.

(Alerted to this by Jockohomo)

WTF Moment of the Day

More ballot-design problems in North Carolina might mean a loss of about 100,000 votes for President.

Senior Moment of the Day

There he goes again.

Voter Disenfranchisement 2008 Continues

A "computer error" purges 50K voters in Georgia.

Sicks Sicks Sicks

What we're up against in the "Heartland."

I grew up in a Fundamentalist Pentacostal Christianist family in Idaho, and the question I have for these facts-and-logic-defying folk is always:

So if the Antichrist would signal if not hasten the End of Days and get you to Heaven faster, why are you FIGHTING against that, and not voting for Obama to speed things along?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Abuse-of-Power Watch

It's hard to say if this is political surrealism, dadaism, or just plain irony.

Street Activism

I spent most of the day on Saturday helping other excited Obama campaign volunteers staff a table at the corner of 4th and Pine in Downtown Seattle, offering buttons, bumperstickers and the chance to take a photo with Obama (or at least a facsimile). The crowd of passers by were almost universally enthusiatic and supportive, save for a clatch of Pro-Palin frat-boys and a screaming, embittered Hillary supporter threatening to write-in her name.

We'll be there again next Saturday, the last weekend before The Big Day.

Suggested Yard Sign

The Trend

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Senior Moment of the Day

The Really Right Answer

"Well, the correct answer is, he [Obama] is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian," he said. "But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, 'He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.' This is not the way we should be doing it in America."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So Much for the SuperHero Vote

Apparently Lynda "Wonder Woman" Carter is not amused about comparisons between Sarah Palin and Carter's former role on TV.

"She’s judgmental and dictatorial, telling people how they’ve got to live their lives," Carter added. "And a superior religious self-righteousness … that’s just not what Wonder Woman is about. Hillary Clinton is a lot more like Wonder Woman than Mrs. Palin. She did it all, didn’t she?"

You go, girl.

They're Not US

Mental Floss reminds us of eight movements other than the Confederacy that tried to leave the Union.

Song of the South

Supposedly sighted in Florida. This is what we're up against.

Monday, October 13, 2008

If McCainanites Can Wave Blunt Signs...

...then so can we.

From the Right...

Cecilia, You're Making My Heart

A 106-year-old American nun living in a convent in Rome could well be one of the oldest voters to cast a ballot in the 2008 US Presidential election.

Sister Cecilia Gaudette, who last voted for President Eisenhower in 1952, has registered to vote and says she will vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Give This Man A Prize! (Oh, They Did.)

On the economic policy of the Bush administration: “There is no economic policy. That’s really important to say. The general modus operandi of the Bushies is that they don’t make policies to deal with problems. They use problems to justify things they wanted to do anyway. So there is no policy to deal with the lack of jobs. There really isn’t even a policy to deal with terrorism. It’s all about how can we spin what’s happening out there to do what we want to do.”
--Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics

Latest Bumpersticker

Inspired by the latest quote from the inimitable Tina Fey.
(Available for purchase here.)

In the Swing States, He Must Whip It

The original members of DEVO are reuniting to perform at a a special fundraiser concert for Obama in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. (Drool, green with envy.)

Details here.

(via Jockohomo)