Monday, April 06, 2009

Quote of the Day

"One of the great strengths of the United States," President Obama said, "is ... we have a very large Christian population — we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Stranger at the Gates



The people who end up under the bus are those who don't act. Let's not overreact, but let's ACT.

Don't like what Gates said? Say so:

Capitol Hill Switchboard number (202) 224-3121

White House Switchboard number (202) 456-1111

or http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Anyone can just sit around and complain, or worse, throw up his or her hands and give up. How does that get us anything? We elected Obama and gave the Democrats larger majorities in both houses of Congress. Give them some feedback, now.

Time to step up, folks; flex your muscle, or you'll lose it. Consider it a test, a trial balloon. If Congress and the WH are flooded with responses, you might not end up under the bus after all.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blast from the Past

"'I think we will look back in 10 years' time and say we should not have done this but we did because we forgot the lessons of the past, and that that which is true in the 1930's is true in 2010. I wasn't around during the 1930's or the debate over Glass-Steagall. But I was here in the early 1980's when it was decided to allow the expansion of savings and loans. We have now decided in the name of modernization to forget the lessons of the past, of safety and of soundness," - Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, November 5, 1999.
(via Sullivan)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Queers Unite: Take Back The Night

I took part in the Queers Unite: Take Back the Night march on Capitol Hill in Seattle. For more photos from this event, go here.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

"For too long, we have accepted this failed strategy of allowing our rights to be debated state by state, county by county, city by city. We‘ve settled for compromises for far too long. We‘ve settled for fractions of equality. And I think that that is going to end. And we‘re now going to insist on full equality, equal protection under the law in all areas governed by civil law in all 50 states. And I hope people see this film and are inspired by what we did in San Francisco in 1978. But for strategy, I think people need to look back to 1964 when it became clear to the great leaders of the civil rights movement that many of the southern states and many others probably would never willingly extend equal protection under the law to the African-Americans. It was then that President Johnson and the Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, extending equal protection under the law in all areas of the country. That‘s what we need today. That‘s what we‘re calling upon the leaders of Congress and Barack Obama to do."

- Cleve Jones

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Stimulus: The Angel in the Details

"Tucked away in the massive stimulus package signed by President Obama last week is the largest budget increase in the NIH's history. Thanks to Senator Arlen Specter, the budget of the National Institutes of Health will go from $29 billion to $39 billion."

(Peter Staley, via Sullivan)

Monday, February 16, 2009

ReligioUS

Speaks volumes. Polling here.

He Can Always Claims It Was The Drugs Talking...

"I want everything he’s doing to fail ... I want the stimulus package to fail ... I do not want this to succeed,” - Rush Limbaugh.

On the other hand, you don't want to go overboard:

"The real internal terrorists are the Republicans, I mean, isn't that clear? Rush Limbaugh is a bigger threat to this country than Osama bin Laden. He's a bigger threat than anybody that the CIA can invent. He's a bigger threat than any terrorist that ever leveled its sights against the United States, Limbaugh is, so why isn't he arrested and sentenced for treason?" - Mike Malloy.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A First Time For Everything

Inaugural Quote of the Day

"Never in our national history has there been so dramatic a coincidence as this simultaneous transfer of power and the complete collapse of a system and of a philosophy."
--FDR, 1933

Two Million Plus...

A big crowd, and a very diverse one. In other words, America.
(photo by RF)
Photos of celebrations from around the world--click here.

10 Reasons Gay Marriage is "Wrong"

01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

(found here)

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Pledge

MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge

Bye, George (NSFW)

Gene Robinson's Prayer

Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me in pausing for a moment, to ask God's blessing upon our nation and our next president.

"O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will bless us with tears - tears for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women in many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless this nation with anger - anger at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort at the easy, simplistic answers we've preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth about ourselves and our world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be fixed anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility, open to understanding that our own needs as a nation must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance, replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences.

Bless us with compassion and generosity, remembering that every religion's God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable.

And God, we give you thanks for your child, Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

Give him wisdom beyond his years, inspire him with President Lincoln's reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy's ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King's dream of a nation for all people.Give him a quiet heart, for our ship of state needs a steady, calm captain.

Give him stirring words; We will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters' childhoods.

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we're asking far too much of this one. We implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand, that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity, and peace. Amen."

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Agenda for a New Administration

Pres. Gallant vs. Pres. Goofus

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Inaugural Address Quote of the Day

"My friends, we are not the sum of our possessions. They are not the measure of our lives. In our hearts we know what matters. We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it. What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us? Or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better, and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship?"

Guess who said it?

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Bye Bush, By The Numbers

62, president's age.

2, number of children, twin daughters Jenna and Barbara.

2, the number of Supreme Court justices appointed by Bush.

2, number of wars started during the Bush presidency, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

$1.47, the price of a gallon of regular gas in the week of Jan 22, 2001.

$4.11, the highest price for a gallon of regular gas during Bush's presidency, in the week of July 7, 2008.

$230 billion, the approximate size of the federal budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2000.

$4.11, the highest price for a gallon of regular gas during Bush's presidency, in the week of July 7, 2008.

$230 billion, the approximate size of the federal budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2000.

$454.8 billion, the size of the federal budget deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2008.

10,581.90, the Dow Jones industrial average at market opening on Jan. 22, 2001.

9,034.69, the Dow Jones industrial average at market closing on Jan. 2, 2009.

2,759.10, the opening of the NASDAQ composite index on Jan. 22, 2001.

1,632.21, the closing of the NASDAQ composite index on on Jan. 2, 2009.