Saturday, September 30, 2006

Congressman Foley sure likes boys.
He treats them like his personal toys.
He saw the towheaded page.
Thought "Ah, the perfect age."

The suspicions he cinches
by asking "How many inches?"
One boy thought it sick
that the old guy wanted his dick.

GOP leadership can overlook the sin
as long as Foley brings them a win.
"Just so long as you help us win in November
we don't care what you do with your 'congressional member'."

A gift to the Demos, served on a platter,
is all his talk of seminal splatter.
The results of this Fall's election
are sure to ride on Mark Foley's erection.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Another Congressional hopeful is floundering as reports of his past usage of "the N-word" continue to surface. Today several former neighbors and co-workers came forward to add their voices to those already accusing Republican House candidate Vernon Robinson of using the word "nigger".

"He wouldn't care who heard" said one. "He would walk right into a room full of Black folk and use that word right at the top of his voice." The speaker, a man who claims to have worked with Robinson for several months, asked that his name not be printed, as he is fearful of retaliation. A former neighbor, who lived across the street from Robinson in the early 90's said that the congressional candidate habitually used the term when addressing his own children.

Robinson is also facing increasing scepticism over his claim that he only learned of his Negro heritage within the last month. His campaign spokesman explained that the candidate was prompted to ask his parents about the matter a few weeks ago when the question was raised by a reporter. "He had no idea", said the press aide. "His parents had hid the fact from him, hoping to shield him from taunting and other cruelty that children so often inflict on those they perceive to be different."

Voters in the predominately African-American thirteenth district of North Carolina reacted with some trepidation to a statement by the candidate last week that voters should not worry, "I still haven't developed an overwhelming urge for chitlins or watermelon", Robinson was reported as telling the dwindling crowd at a campaign stop.


Some people just go too far. For example there is a joke making its way around the Internet which is as unAmerican as could be. Here it is.

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the interstate. Suddenly a man knocks on his window. The driver rolls down his window and asks, "What's going on?"

"Terrorists down the road have kidnapped George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. They're asking $100 million ransom. Otherwise they're going to douse them with gasoline and set them on fire. We're going from car to car, taking up a collection."

The driver asks, "How much is everyone giving, on average?"

"Most people are giving about a gallon."

It's shameful. The joke is advocating violence against the President. It reflects badly on those of us who don't agree with Mr. Bush's policies. It also creates an opportunity for those who don't share our political beliefs to accuse us of being prone to violence. It opens the door for them to claim that we, Democrats and progressives, want to kill the President. That of course is totally false. We do not want to see Mr. Bush killed.

We want to see him tarred and feathered and run out of town on a friggin' rail!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Say what you will about conservatives, I have to give credit where credit is due. In some ways the conservative movement is ahead of their liberal neighbors. One indicator of that is their concern for the less fortunate, specifically the mentally retarded.

Recently the administration put into place a plan to give jobs to those less gifted souls, making room for them in the U.S. Military.

Last week noted conservative Dr. Patricia Doyle, realizing that not all the mentally retarded would be able or willing to serve in uniform proposed a bold new plan to employ even more. In her own words:

"How about using people that are mildly retarded, who people do not wish to hire, and who are really just sitting in workshops stuffing cotton into bottles and the other group's taking cotton out of bottles?" She added, "Let's put them to work picking. They would love that."

Do people care? People do.


The George Bush administration - those are the folks who went hunting this guy...

And ended up arresting this one instead...

Monday, September 25, 2006

Trust Us?

If there is still any doubt that the political future of this country should not be left in the hands of electronic voting machines which lack even the most basic of protections, such as a paper trail which would allow for a manual recount if needed, the following story from Wired News should be enough to convince even the most stubborn.

It seems that the maker of one of the most popular ATM machines is having to make changes to overcome the problem of machine technitions who overlook the critical step of changing the machines service pass code from the factory setting. At least one thief has taken advantage of this security lapse by using the code at various machines to make changes which allow him to empty all the cash.

If this is the level of expertise displayed by those safeguarding money, just what kind of protection can we expect for our votes? I shudder to think.

Aleta Fenceroy 12/27/1948 - 9/23/2006

From Jean Mayberry

As most, if not all of you know, Aleta has been battling cancer since she
was diagnosed on June 15th of this year.
I was blessed to be with Aleta at the end of her life. She died at home, in
a hospital bed that I had set up in the dining room next to a big window so
that she could look out at the garden. She lived just over 3 months after
she was diagnosed with cancer, but she had many good days. Aleta died
peacefully in the company of friends and family who loved her.

She had wonderful visits with her two children, Michelle and J.J., who flew
in from Phoenix and Africa respectively. She was able to read to her
granddaughters, Chloe and Ella, and hold the newest addition, little

And even though this was a terrible situation, we were able to take so many
good things from it. The incredible support and love we felt from friends
close by and far away really sustained us. We grew closer to each other and
to our families. We found humor and learned lessons of courage and
compassion from fellow cancer patients and their families. We learned to
enjoy the little moments that make our days and our lives so precious.

Aleta raised two children on her own, a single mom on welfare, working
part-time and going to college to earn a Master of Music Degree. She
graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA and received her
Masters at the University Of Minnisota, in Minneapolis. She was a church
organist for 30 years, 4 of which were spent in Norway. She worked for the
State of Iowa Department of Corrections for over 15 years before going back
to school to earn an Associates Degree in computer programming in 1998. She
then took a job in Omaha, Nebraska with First Data Resources as an
analyst/programmer and software writer. She LOVED her job. She loved
solving puzzles, following trails and picking up clues and that was her
favorite part of being a programmer.

She was dogged in her pursuit of answers at work and that is how she was in
most aspects of her life. When she sunk her teeth into something, she
didn't let go. Hence, 8 years of "Fenceberry Articles." Hour upon hour
and day upon day were spent on the home computer. Aleta was determined to
hunt down the story; to get the news out; to defend her community; and to
right the wrongs to the best of her ability. And she did it with love, wit,
dignity and charm. That is the way she lived her life and that is the way
she died.

She will be terribly missed. She is terribly missed.

A memorial celebration of her life has been planned and arrangements will be
finalized when her son knows on which dates he will be in Omaha. There will
be no funeral. Aleta requested there be no flowers. Anyone wishing to make
a donation should write a check to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Congratulations America!

Isn't it wonderful that our Congress and the White House has thrown out all those quaint ideals that this country was founded on, so as to make it easier to bring freedom and democracy to a twenty first centrury world?

From The L.A. Times:

Both men told The Times that while held overnight in Gardez, they were forced to kneel and press their foreheads against a wall. Every time they sat back, they said, they were kicked in the small of the back and the chest.

"At first they didn't ask us any questions," Mohammed said. "Everyone who was there took turns kicking me, and when I fell on the ground from the blows they started to stomp on me. We were forced to stay on our knees, and my knees were injured from the stones on the ground. I felt really bad pain in my chest."

He said the Americans eventually asked him about his brother, but he couldn't concentrate. "I kept seeing my brother's face and the gunshot in his mouth," he said.

Dawood Khan said his interrogators asked whether Mohammed was one of Pacha Khan's commanders. "I told them, 'No, he has no connection,' " he said.

He said that after being beaten he was twice dunked in a tub of icy water and submerged to the verge of drowning. He said he and Mohammed were forced to stay awake through a cold night.

The two villagers were released the next day with clean sets of clothing. A report to headquarters described them as cooperative.
Parre said he believed his brother, Jamal, was subjected to the harshest interrogation because, at only 18, he was perceived to be the most vulnerable. When he first saw Jamal a few days after their capture, his brother's body was already black and blue and swollen, Parre said.

He said Jamal told him the Americans had forced him to stand with arms and legs outstretched as they took turns beating him. He was moaning about the pain in his kidneys and back, Parre said.
The team was advised that the Afghan had died of a sex-related infection that shut down his kidneys, the soldier said. The point of the meeting, he said, was "to make sure everybody's on the same sheet of paper — this is what happened to the man," in case there was an investigation.
A hospital worker who prepared the body for burial said in an interview that "it was completely black." Hajji Abdul Qayum said Jamal's face was "dark and looked like it was burned." He said it was "completely swollen, as were his palms, and the soles of his feet were swollen double in size."
local physician Aziz Ulrahman examined the prisoners and described them as battered and bruised, with seeping, unbandaged wounds. He said Parre's feet were black. "We have no terminology for that," he said. "It was caused by blunt-force trauma."

Friday, September 22, 2006

To a friend who is leaving us too soon...

Jean Mayberry (left) and Aleta Fenceroy comprise the team behind Fenceberry, an informal news source that gay civil rights advocates and members of the media turned to for information during the past eight years. Fenceberry stopped operating on July 31, (2004) primarily because it consumed so much of the couple’s time. - The Washington Blade

One of the hardest working members of the modern glbt equal rights movement is leaving us soon. Aleta Fenceroy, who along with her life partner Jean Mayberry for eight years spent hours every day before and after their "real" jobs in a pre-Google world gathering and distributing news about the glbt community in the form of their Fenceberry Articles is about to leave us. Jean tells us:

Aleta (Fenceberry) is under hospice care now. There will be no more treatments or visits to the doctor. The chemotherapy that she underwent for 9 weeks did not work. Now the hospice team of nurses will come to us, but only to make sure she is comfortable and pain free.

The hospice nurse from Visiting Nurse Association told me yesterday (June 20) that it is a matter of weeks now, maybe less if Aleta's liver can't hold out. Aleta sleeps most of the time, but still enjoys visits and calls, although she has some difficulty following conversations some times. It is extremely difficult for her to walk now, she sleeps a lot and can't really stay focused. Her body is shutting down.
Hey Aleta,

Jean tells me that you are moving on to bigger and better things soon. I just wanted to drop you this note and wish you a great trip.

Hate to see you run off a little ahead of the rest of us, but you know that we will all be catching up with you real soon. In the meantime its good to know that you are going to be the advance party. I bet that by the time I get there you will have heaven better organized and more lgbt friendly than anyone could have ever imagined!

Before you take off be sure to have Jean get a photo of you grinning and flipping the bird. She can have it enlarged into a big poster in case Phred and his clan show up at your funeral.

Best of wishes on this next step in your journey. Until we meet up again you have my...

Love and Hugs,


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Is there a doctor in the house?

Chinese doctors have announced that they successfully transplanted a penis on a man who had lost his. (I wonder how hard he looked before giving up and ordering a new one?). Now this is China, so the procedure involved micro-surgery. Hmmm. If I ever find myself in that situation I'm going to order one that doesn't need anything "micro".

The bad news is that the man returned and asked that his new member be removed. Seems he and his wife couldn't get used to it. One of the problems is that it was swollen all the time. I can relate. I remember well my teenage years.

The report didn't say what was done with the now twice used penis. eBay maybe?