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It was only 42 years ago today that people of different races weren't allowed to marry in much of the USA. Take heart, justice does prevail eventually and eventually all of this kind of discrimination will be looked at as craziness from an earlier, more ignorant era.

Dooom!

May. 26th, 2009 09:05 am
lynxreign: (Croooooow!)
Sadly, gay marriage has been scientifically shown to cause earthquakes

We're safe up here in MA 'cause there's no major faultlines, but California? Dooom!
lynxreign: (Um)
Apparently there's a group of gay republicans that thinks the Log Cabin group has gotten too liberal, so they're splitting off to form their own group "GOProud".

The 3 members that comprise this new group say they hope the 4 they're leaving behind won't be too upset.
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and then I'll go to bed.

I was born just 2 days before Martin Luther King Jr. was assasinated. Now, in my 40th year, I just watched the first African-American president give his victory speech. As Obama said, change is what can make this country great and it is why I have tears of joy in my eyes tonight.

Feminism

Sep. 11th, 2008 11:52 am
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You know, I like Salon.com for the most part. Sure, they buy into the panic over Obama a little too much, but they have columnists I like and tend to run stories I enjoy.

However, they keep publishing Camille Paglia (or Camille Schlafly as I like to call her). Normally I'm fine with a publication printing someone with whom I disagree, but not her. Why? Because she's a liar through and through. She claims to be a liberal, but nothing she says other than "I'm a liberal" shows it. It is the "I'm one of you, don't we just SUCK?" that I object to.

Currently her Trojan Horse article's lead-in is "Palin is a feminist! No, really!" Salon should just publish someone who admits to being a right-winger and be done with it. Yes, she only gets printed once a month, but it still irks me. Be honest about who you are.

It does seem to be of a piece with modern conservatism though. Lie, lie about your lies and if you get caught telling the truth, go lie about it in public. Half the neo-conservatives are ex-Stalinists, but they'd never admit that. It would just be nice if the media were acutally interested in presenting the truth instead of providing a platform for these bastards.
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This morning on NPR there was a story about San Francisco. SF is a "sanctuary city". In other words, they don't automatically send every illegal they come across to the Feds for deportation. There was a protest and counter-protest there yesterday, described in the story teaser as a "clash", despite the protest being peaceful, though loud.

On the one side you had hundreds of people from immigrant's rights groups, on the other you had a dozen "Minutemen". You know about the "Minutemen", the idiots who have taken it upon themselves to "patrol" the border with Mexico.

The underlying cause for this appearance by the Asshats, sorry, the Minutemen, was a crime committed by an illegal immigrant. The immigrant in question is a minor who had already been arrested several times for violent crimes. The then committed a triple murder in a drive-by, using an AK-47. Horrible? Yes. Worthy of prison and/or deportation? Sure. However the underlying cause of this crime was not that he was an immigrant or an illegal immigrant.

It isn't as though no American citizen (of any race you care to choose) has ever committed murder. Surely no legal citizen has ever joined a gang or killed someone with a gun or performed a drive-by. I mean, if it weren't for the illegals, there'd be no gun violence or crime in the USA at all!

Using this crime as a prop for their xenophobic, racist crusade makes about as much sense as blaming the British for shipwrecks. It is a complete disconnect, but since so much of this country is completely irrational, they make the connection and get people to agree with them.

Old Movies

Jul. 28th, 2008 12:32 pm
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Earlier this year, I purchased the 9 disc set of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies. I grew up watching these movies whenever they were on TV and enjoy them greatly. They were made in the 1930s and there are quite a number of moments that are simply wrong to the modern movie viewer. Ginger Rogers played a very independent (for the time) woman in most of the movies and yet there are still quite a few moments where her behavior is jarring. Several of the earliest movies in the series have a stereotypical "dumb Italian" character that should remind any modern movie-watcher just how broad racism was as recently as 50 years ago.

[livejournal.com profile] emilytheslayer and I were watching Swing Time (1936) the other day and there's another relic of a bygone era that gave me pause. This movie contains Fred Astaire's only blackface number. To his credit, he didn't do a traditional blackface, he simply darkened his entire face with makeup, it wasn't a caricature like in minstrel shows or on Al Jolson. And the dance routine was intended as a tribute to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, considered by many to be the greatest dancer of the era. However, the props in the early part of the number are... unfortunate. And while the dance routine itself was great, it is also uncomfortable for a modern viewer much of the time.

I'm never quite sure how to feel when watching things like this. While the movies themselves are still quite entertaining and funny, they also can serve to show modern viewers just how much things have changed in a very short time.
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who responded to my previous post with "WTF".

You want real insanity?

Also from Democraticunderground.com

Two United States Senators...have named themselves as co-sponsors of S. J. RES. 43, dubbed the Marriage Protection Amendment


The Senators? Republicans Larry Craig and David Vitter.
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Apparently Fox put up a graphic of Lincoln and Douglass to illustrate Hillary Clinton challenging Barak Obama to a "Lincoln-Douglas style" debate. Only instead of pictures of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, they put up a graphic of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Every time I think Fox "News" can't possibly get any worse, they prove me wrong. What the hell is wrong with them? How do they manage to stay on the air? I'm normally an optimistic guy, but things like this make me despair for humanity. I then have to spend lots of time reminding myself that these people are a minority, that demographics and history trend away from Fox and its level of stupidity. They're on the losing side of history or they wouldn't have to "stand astride it, yelling STOP". Fortunately, all they manage is to slow things down occasionally.

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