Thursday, June 26, 2008

eXtra.puLp [news]: GLBT and McCain

eXtra.puLp [news]: GLBT and McCain

I was transported back in time today... not far enough to see some of the cool things from history I'd love to witness [ancient Egypt or maybe the dinosaurs] - but instead to a time about 4 to 5 years ago when the war in Iraq was getting underway or in its early stages. I don't think anyone in the U.S. was terribly informed - extremely emotional on one side of the fence or the other - but other than running on emotions... well - **pllllt** on actual discussion or questioning - or good old fashion argument.

This is triggered by an e-mail response to the e-mail bullet list of the factual record for McCain on GLBT issues I posted yesterday. Portions of this very direct list were derided as "accounts ... from some of the nuts on the left wing who hate America".

This is a list of McCain's actual record on GLBT issues. Nothing more.

The HRC site itself has a side-by-side comparison of both candidates GLBT issues:

LINK: http://www.hrc.org/news/10631.htm

Neither one is a total winner in this small slice of the pie.

Both candidates stances on GLBT issues are of interest to me; however, they are not the only issues I am interested in. And even if a candidate were FOR all of the GLBT near and dear issues but terribly off the mark on others - I would vote for the candidates whose COMPLETE qualifications, policies and proposals spoke most nearly to all that I hold an interest in.

I am puzzled that going into an election with to polar opposite candidates that me looking at both and asking - "WHO?" and then "WHY?" gets a lot of emotional responses or vague "I heard it on the playground..." type kick-back - but nothing to educate me or persuade me in either direction.

Looking at Clinton - I thought - a Clinton is a Clinton. In or out of office - like it or not - I knew what it was and what it would likely mean if in office.

Looking at Obama - I see nothing but inexperience and a largely obscure historical record on issues. Sometimes, his "newness" to politics is good - but without a clear history on issues it's hard to know him. And his personal and political affiliations that keep popping up are not comforting. His speeches are slick and well-crafted but point nowhere and seem to be full of just illustrating that he is the opposite of who he is running against.

Looking at McCain - I see strengths in a man who's record and experience are open to the public. And I see some policies that make me a bit nervous or uncomfortable - but also some that seem to make perfect sense in a "next four years" sort of sense considering where our nation finds itself going into this election.

So I reach out - to anyone out there with INFORMATION (a little opinion or emotion is good, too) - but largely "WHY?" to vote for "WHO?"

The following are not good enough reasons:

OBAMA
1) He's an agent for "Change".
>> Frankly - who isn't? Next.
2) He'll be an historical "first" in office.
>> Historical - sure enough - but not grounds to be elected on this alone.
3) For those that are against Obama - "Osama ben Obama" and closet Muslim references fail to convey anything intelligent, surprising or new in my exploration.

MCCAIN
1) He's an "American hero".
>> There are hundreds of American heroes; they come in all shapes and sizes - not grounds to be elected on this alone.
2) He's the next "Ronald Reagan".
>> There is filmy gauze around the memory of Reagan; I see how it would be easy to romanticize him - but really - the record of his year's in office wasn't exactly all wins. He was a man for the time and place in which he was in office.

The next President should be a new President; a person in and of his own right.

A Voter should be informed and voting as a person in and of his own right.

Share with me; educate me - we still have a few more months to go...

“Because good communication is stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Happy Birthday, Weazie

I miss you, lady.

~ E.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

GLBT and McCain

Just passing along a quick report card on McCain and his stance on GLBT issues; no huge surprises - may not be 'news' to some - just a FYI  ~ E.
 

Senator John McCain

 As the general election kicks off, Senator John McCain will tout his reputation as a maverick, an independent, a moderate who will work with both parties to get things done. However, a look at Senator McCain's record paints a very different picture.   What we have seen over the last seven years has been President Bush — despite his promise to be a "uniter, not a divider" —repeatedly siding with ultra-conservatives and the religious right at the expense of protections for GLBT Americans. A McCain presidency would be another four years of more of the same.  

John McCain on GLBT Issues

A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans

OPPOSED Ending Discrimination Against GLBT Americans in the Workplace. Senator McCain cast a deciding vote against the federal Employment Non Discrimination Act.

OPPOSED Protecting GLBT Americans from Hate Crimes. Senator McCain voted three times against expanding the federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation.

PROPONENT of Discriminatory Military Policy. Senator McCain supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell and does not believe that gays should serve in the military.

OPPONENT of Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples. Senator McCain voted for the Defense of Marriage Act which prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal rights and benefits in any state.

ACTIVELY SUPPORTED State Ban on Domestic Partnerships. Senator McCain campaigned for a ban on same-sex relationship recognition in his home state of Arizona – even appearing in a campaign television ad.

SUPPORTED the Confirmation of Anti-GLBT Equality Judges. Senator McCain voted to confirm President Bush's judicial nominees who had taken anti-GLBT positions.  He has pointed to Justice Samuel Alito as a role model for future Supreme Court appointments.

SUPPORTED a Discriminatory HIV/AIDS Policy. Senator McCain supported a Jesse Helms strategy to cut off funding for prevention efforts aimed at the gay community and voted to prohibit foreign nationals with HIV from immigrating to the United States.

 
 Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC (www.hrc.org/pac) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Co-Worker...

Out and about on the job today - this little feller showed up and let me snap his photo a couple dozen times.

~E.

A Poem - D. H. Lawrence, "Snake"

I just finished reading Phillip Dick's "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" - this poem was referenced in the book - and it really spoke to me - sharing it here.

D. H. Lawrence, "Snake"

He drank enough
And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken,
And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black,
Seeming to lick his lips,
And looked around like a god, unseeing, into the air,
And slowly turned his head,
And slowly, very slowly, as if thrice adream,
Proceeded to draw his slow length curving round
And climb again the broken bank of my wall-face.

And as he put his head into that dreadful hole,
And as he slowly drew up, snake-easing his shoulders, and entered farther,
A sort of horror, a sort of protest against his withdrawing into that horrid black hole,
Deliberately going into the blackness, and slowly drawing himself after,
Overcame me now his back was turned.

I looked round, I put down my pitcher,
I picked up a clumsy log
And threw it at the water-trough with a clatter.

I think it did not hit him,
But suddenly that part of him that was left behind convulsed in undignified haste.
Writhed like lightning, and was gone
Into the black hole, the earth-lipped fissure in the wall-front,
At which, in the intense still noon, I stared with fascination.

And immediately I regretted it.
I thought how paltry, how vulgar, what a mean act!
I despised myself and the voices of my accursed human education.

And I thought of the albatross
And I wished he would come back, my snake.

For he seemed to me again like a king,
Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,
Now due to be crowned again.

And so, I missed my chance with one of the lords
Of life.
And I have something to expiate:
A pettiness.

Taormina, 1923

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Species Detail | Butterflies and Moths of North America

Spotted this lady in the yard a bit ago; and recently found matching caterpillars on one of the plants in the yard listed as a host plant...

Species Detail Butterflies and Moths of North America: "American Lady
Vanessa virginiensis (Drury, 1773)"

Monday, June 09, 2008

Art-O-Matic

Hit the Art-O-Matic exhibit on Saturday evening - really got a kick out of  a few of the artists there...
 
>>Paul Sikora
Arrowroot Red Top detail c (full size)
 
>>Gennara Moore
Murder of Crows, Rendition #8 (full size)
 
>>Rita Elsner
Beautiful Thing, triptych (full size)
 
>>Erica Riccardellia
This photo - "Target Practice" - made me smile.
 
 
>>Eli Halpin
Klimt meets fairytales...
Lady and Octopus Glass Tree lucky dragon
 
>>Tiny Ghosts
All of the work by this artist was probably my favorite of the work seen at Art-O-Matic... it reminded me of the Story People who I love.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Burger King

A friend passed along an article about the paper tray inserts that Burger King has used somewhere in the world (there's a series of them) to show that they are very selective in their vegetable ingredients.
 
Too much: the Pickle Cop and the look on the Onions face - priceless.
 
Burger King: Veg City, Airport
 
 
 

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Father's Day .... Or One for Me?

Saw an ad for these wallets (there are several different sizes and versions).  Really thought the style was sharp but simple.
 

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Links and Tidbits...

Great source for vintage postcards - states and cities, etc.
 
vintage collectible United States postcards from Ohio
Moody's Collectible's
 
I just read about this in Hallmark Magazine - and learned something new about the end of slavery and this ongoing annual celebration which began in Texas.
Juneteenth - Annually on June 19th