Sunday, April 30, 2006

Bless You, Steve

I heart Steve Colbert.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Damn It. Why Can't People Just Stay In Their Pigeon Holes?

There was a spectacular crash in the center of the Castro district the other night.

News reports on the accident and resulting fire on Castro Street
leaves me examining my own behavior and lack of compassion.

You see, I know Dane, the homeless man who according to reports was
the first on the scene to help pull the victim from the burning car.

A year or so ago I had carried on a couple of conversations with Dane, and during those conversations I found him to be articulate with a wicked sense of humor. But the third time I attempted to speak with him, he freaked out, acting extremely irrational. I subsequently saw him acting "crazy" on several occassions. He would wander up and down the streets of the Castro yelling and intimidating visitors to the neighborhood.

My reaction to his behavior was to start acting as if he was invisible. Whenever I saw him in my frequent visits to the neighborhood I would look away, or look through him as if he wasn't there. We eventually came to an unspoken truce. I would pretend I didn't see him, and he wouldn't try to engage me in conversation or as the target of one of his rants.

Now I read that he rushed to the aid of a stranger, one that just as likely would treat him with the same lack of respect that I am guilty of doing.

Makes me feel like a real asshole. You know?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In Unity With Our Young

This blog will be dark today in honor of those students who are participating in the day of silence, and in support of those whose situations are so unsafe that they are unable to participate.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"The Decider" determined to take on oil companies

Americans will be comforted to know, as this L.A.Times headline tells us:

Bush Pledges Action to Root Out Gas Price Gouging


In other news, O.J. Simpson says that even though 12 years have passed since the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, he is as determined as ever to find the real killer.

Who Woulda Thought?

Who could have imagined that in 2006 it is heterosexual activists who want to stress to 7 year olds that falling in love is all about S-E-X, while in San Francisco's Castro District, Homosexual "ground zero" in America, gay parents are banding together to shield their children's eyes from the same subject?

Courageous Long Island county takes action to protect health workers

Nassau County (NY) commissioners took a courageous stand today to protect hospital workers from being forced to view homosexuals holding hands and other obscene displays when visiting their "long time partners" in county hospitals.

Homosexual activists had argued for a "domestic partnership" registry which would have, among other things, given society's stamp of approval on the notion that just because two people have been in a relationship for years, they are somehow entitled to have a say in each other's health decisions or have the right to be at the bedside of their dying partner.

Way to go, Nassau County!

President Bush finds cause of skyrocketing gas prices - Enviormental protection regulations

Displaying once again his uncanny knack for cutting to the heart of complicated problems, President G.W. Bush today identified and put into place a cure for the cause of rapidly rising gasoline prices.

Debunking theories that the price increases where somehow tied to his military threats aimed at Iran, the worsening situation in Iraq and obscene profit taking by the oil industry, the president solved the problem this morning by suspending regulations put into place by liberals to "protect the earth".

Thank you, Mr.President.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Treehuggers Lies Debunked

Yesterday I wrote about the fear mongering tree lovers in Vermont who are throwing around wild claims that somehow "global warming" is affecting the way sap runs in trees. We know who the saps are here.

Thank God for the GOP. Their Earthday website brings the truth to the American people. The Earth is not in worse shape, but is in better shape thanks to American know how and the support of the business community.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Unpatriotic Tree-Huggers Sign On To Demo's "Global Warming" Myth

In yet another act of sedition a group of maple syrup producers have fallen victim to the anti-American agenda of the Democratic party.

Citing totally unscientific indicators such as personal memories and handwritten "family journals" a bunch of liberal farmers in Vermont claim that the effects of "global warming" are affecting their business.

Of course, God does not believe in "global warming". End of discussion, thank you.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why Does The Press Hate Freedom Of Speech?

I was reading a story about G.W. Bush and President Hu of China meeting up this morning and was suprised to find out that when a protester who somehow gained access to a platform filled with photographers shouted out protests about the treatment of the Falun Gong in China she was physically silenced by a photographer. As the AP reports:
A photographer who was standing next to the protester tried momentarily to quiet her by putting his hand in front of her mouth.

Its bad enough when the press engages in self censorship. To physically restrain someone else from engaging in the constitutionally guaranteed right of free speech is unforgivable. That photographer should be fired.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Iraqi March To Democracy Ahead Of Schedule, Rummy and Bush Vindicated

In what has to be a relief to the embattled Secretary Of Defense and to the White House, the fledging government of Iraq has reached a major milestone. Managing to do in three years what it took the American people fifteen years, Iraq has rushed into civil war.

The liberal press will no doubt try to put a negative spin on the situation, but there is no denying the fact that the Iraqi people have reached this important milestone in just 1/5th of the time it took us here and the Bush administration deserves every bit of credit.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The American Taliban's Foot Soldiers?

I will be the first to admit that two does not make a trend, but still I find myself concerned by two recent double murders, in which registered sex offenders were tracked down and killed, in at least one and possibly both cases by the use of "Megan's Law" sex offender registry web sites.

The first case took place in Bellingham, WA in September of last year. 36 year old Michael Mullen called police to tell them that he had killed 2 sex offenders. He said that he had found the name of one of the victims on an Internet "Hit list". The other victim, also a registered sex offender, was a roommate of the first. Mullen told police that he had used the "Megan's Law" website to ascertain the location of the victims' home.

The second case happened yesterday, Sunday, in Maine. 20 year old Stephen Marshall killed two sex offenders in their homes and then shot himself in the head when police closed in. It was unknown if that state's "Megan Law" site was used by the killer, but authorities are concerned enough by the possiblity that they took the site down.

As I say, two does not a trend make, but as I have exactly zero trust in the ability of these kinds of self righteous zealots to differentiate between convicted sex offenders and ordinary queer folk, especially considering the onslaught of slander and lies aimed at us by so many political and religious leaders in this country, I do feel concerned.

There Should Be A Special Place In Hell For People Like This

9:00 AM this morning it was raining like mad in San Francisco. I was leaning out my apartment window having a cigarette when I noticed a strange sight. It was a man on a horse, carrying some sort of large homemade flag and leading a heavily laden burro. Even for San Francisco this was a bit of an oddity in a city that prides itself on the odd being commonplace.

It was with disbelief that I watched this small procession leave the city streets and take the freeway on ramp. The rider brought the animals up to the top of the ramp and then proceeded to cross three lanes of traffic where he took up his ride in the fast lane.

Apparently oblivious to the fact that cars were approaching at 70 mph the fellow set off in the direction of the Bay Bridge.

I quickly grabbed my cell phone and called the Highway Patrol. I've got nothing against demonstrators, but I do have a whole bunch of problems with people who put animals and children into harms way.

As far as I am concerned there should be a special spot in hell reserved to idots such as this guy, and for those parents who I see far too often jaywalking against the traffic lights with their children. Folks, if you are an adult and want to do something really stupid that puts your life in danger, that is one thing. To involve animals or children in your hare brained schemes is quite anothor. Stop it. Now.

Things worked out well, as you can see from the CHP log which I've copied below, the rider was taken into custody and the horse and burro were given over to Animal Control.

Incident: 0605 Type: Pedestrian on the Roadway Location: SB S VAN NESS AV ONR TO SB US101 Zoom Map: 667 1J info as of: 4/16/2006 10:19:56 AM
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
10:16AM AC BROUGHT HORSE AND BURRO BACK TO CONTAINMENT
9:37AM 1 SUSP IN CUST - THE PTY RIDING THE HORSE
9:25AM SF PD 1097
9:24AM TAKING 7TH OFR NOW
9:23AM PER PSBY , EB 80 JWO 4TH HEADING TOWARDS BRG IN THE #1 LN
9:16AM 1039 BRG
9:16AM ALSO GIVEN AS MISSION ONR TO SB 101
9:14AM DONKEY IS BEHIND THE HORSE
9:12AM MAN RIDING HORSE #1 LN

Saturday, April 15, 2006

White House Breathes Sigh of Relief

(Satire)

According to an unnamed White House official, President and Mrs. Bush are quite relieved that the idea of attending the White House Easter Egg Hunt this weekend as a political statement hasn't spread beyond the gay community.

The biggest fear, according to our source, was that illegal immigrants would bring their plight and children to the event. "The worst case scenerio would be the sight of half a million grubby brown skinned families lining up to enjoy a celebration which should be reserved for only those who are legally here and who deserve the honor. Mrs. Bush had told reporters earlier that the event was open to all, but of course she didn't mean just anybody."

The White House official told this reporter that the President and First Lady were actually planning on greeting the gay families during the opening ceremonies until it was learned that the homosexuals had decided to be fashionably late. "To heck with them then!" snorted the President. He reportedly uttered a Cheneyism as he stalked away.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Press gets it wrong - again

I was reading
a story on the SF Chronicle website about the gay families who will be taking their children to the Easter Egg hunt at the White house this year when I was stopped in my tracks by this quote:

Despite the criticism from some quarters, the Christian Coalition, a leading conservative group, said it does not object to gay and lesbian families participating in the White House event.

'If it's an open event, it's an open event,' said Michele Combs, a spokeswoman for the Christian Coalition. 'If they are protesting, I think that's wrong. ... If they are just going with their kids, I don't see where there's a problem with that.'


Now two things immediately popped to mind when I read that. First off, that has to be one of the most sane statements ever attributed to the Christian Coalition. The second thing is, of course, the description of that organization as "a leading conservative group".

According to an article this week in The Washington Post:

The once-mighty Christian Coalition, founded 17 years ago by the Rev. Pat Robertson as the political fundraising and lobbying engine of the Christian right, is more than $2 million in debt, beset by creditors' lawsuits and struggling to hold on to some of its state chapters.

In March, one of its most effective chapters, the Christian Coalition of Iowa, cut ties with the national organization and reincorporated itself as the Iowa Christian Alliance, saying it "found it impossible to continue to carry a name that in any way associated us with this national organization."

"The credibility is just not there like it once was," said Stephen L. Scheffler, president of the Iowa affiliate since 2000. "The budget has shrunk from $26 million to $1 million. There's a trail of debt. . . . We believe, our board believes, any Christian organization has an obligation to pay its debts in a timely fashion."

At its peak a decade ago, the Christian Coalition deployed a dozen lobbyists on Capitol Hill. Today, it has a single Washington employee who works out of his home. Its phone number with a 202 area code is automatically forwarded to a small office in Charleston, S.C.


Now if the press still has to go find a quote from some anti-gay organization every time our community makes the news, perhaps they would do well to make sure that the anti-gay organizations they turn to are actually legitimate. Could it be a sign of the times that Americans have become so accepting to their gay neighbors and relatives that its getting pretty darn hard to sustain an organization on heterosexism and bigotry? It appears so.