Seat Franken Already

Thankfully the folks over at Huffington Post are scouring YouTube for us!

Did you know that the people of MN still only have one senator representing them in Washington, DC? The votes were certified in January. Al Franken, formerly of SNL, had won. However, his opponent was a sore loser and has sued – it’s in the MN state supreme court currently.

Here’s Al Franken’s opponent talking with a supporter during the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference in St Louis, MO earlier this week. Pay special attention beginning at :40. Feel free to turn it off after the gaffe.

Wrong in More Ways Than Six

Ah, Chris misses me. It was just enough to motivate me to hit the news sites and find something, anything to rant about. The Bristol Palin People cover? Nah. Too easy. How about this gem?

A group of sixth-graders made a YouTube video about how to kill a classmate. Sixth graders. Kill. A classmate.

I recall sixth grade, I was in elementary school. I think I had just muttered “fuck”. To highlight how amazingly naive I was, my seventh grade birthday celebration was at a skating rink. With roller skates. The kind with 4-wheels.

I digress.

In sixth grade I played with Barbies and my friends. And when we didn’t like someone? We so didn’t invite them to the slumber party. BURN. We did not think of not one, but six ways to kill them.

These little girls are well past being mean girls (follow that link, I double dog dare you – it doesn’t go where you expect!). They’re twelve years old and they’re openly discussing how to kill a classmate. One of the parents was too busy making dinner to pay attention to the victimized girl’s mother. Too busy? Do we, as a society, dismiss violent behavior when girls do it? Do we only worry about our boys? Or maybe I’m over wondering and we don’t generally pay attention?

I can guarantee you that if you called me and said that either of my children had been involved in the intimidation and threatening of your child – I’d be listening. I’d be shocked. And I’d most likely be in denial, but I’d be listening. Even if I had to set the Hamburger Helper aside.

If one of their neighborhood cats shows up shaved or set on fire these girls should be marked prime suspects.

Embedded video from CNN Video

Unbelievable

I was going to title this “Cow in Foxx Clothing,” but Peter says that attacking her personally probably isn’t helpful.

Whatever.

It’s my blog.

Representative Virgina Foxx is a horrible, horrible person. And a liar. And most definitely a piece of shit.

I lived in northern Colorado when Matthew Shepard was murdered. He did not die during a robbery. He died in a Ft Collins hospital after being beaten and left tied to a fence on a cold Wyoming winter night. He was killed because he was gay. It was not a hoax.

Earlier this month she used the phrase “tar baby” on the House floor. She’s dispicable. I hope she enjoys the hell she most certainly believes in.

Rep Foxx should be ashamed. I hope the good people on NC vote her out her next term.

A Helper Suitable for Him

So disgusted.

And embarassed.

Gah.

Go listen, I’ll wait.

Clearly Senator Renfroe did not attend the same oration classes our President did. My goodness. My dearly departed Speech Coach in high school would have had her hands full with his stammering and what-I-mean-to-says. Spit it out already man: You’re a hate monger.

Mr Renfroe does represent a more conservative part of our state. But not the the most conservative. Greeley is a nice sized college town located in northern Colorado. It’s a ranch town. It’s predominitly White (80.4%), has a lot of families (>25% of the population is under 18), only a quarter of the adult population have college degrees. Fine. It’s conservative. That does not give Senator Renfroe the right to stand on the Senate floor and say that a) I was put on the planet to help my husband and give him children ONLY and b) align gays & lesbians with murderers.

Gah.

I went looking for the Golden Rule because I too can quote scripture. Instead I came across an article from a debate in Sept 2007 where each of the Democratic candidates was asked their favorite bible verse. Now Veep Biden had an answer that I think refers to Senator Renfroe

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.: “Christ’s warning of the Pharisees. There are many Pharisees, and it’s part of what has bankrupted some people’s view about religion. And I worry about the Pharisees.”

Granted, I had to look up Pharisees. Jesus said they are like

whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

I think Biden was warning us of Senator Renfroe. Jesus too. Thank you jeebus!

And if your knickers are knotted, go here and tell Senator Renfroe what you think of his hate speech.

Fidelity

KellyGO reminded me (and all of you too) that it’s Freedom to Marry week. She took it upon herself to start a conversation with three people about why gay rights matter. I decided to be one of those three. And now I’m telling three people.

Our friends, our family, our pastors, our teachers, our neighbors are being denied civil liberties. It is not gay rights, it’s civil rights. The right to marry. The right to visit your loved ones in the hospital. The right to go to jail when they lie on the income taxes. The right to put both parents names on a birth certificate. Recently a friend married her life partner. Yet, she does not have the same rights I do. She was not given the automatic right to change her name. She cannot tell the hospital she is the spouse. It holds no meaning to the government. If people truly want smaller government let’s start by getting it out of our bedrooms and our uteri (boy, that’s a rant for another day).

Consider the rights that LGBT folks do not have. And now remove gay from the sentence and replace it with black. Is it alright? No? Replace it with female. Is it alright now? No? There’s a reason for that. It’s because it’s wrong. It was wrong when interracial marriages were against the law, it is wrong the same-sex marriages are against the law.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, here’s a little video to make you feel all lovey-dovey.


“Fidelity”: Don’t Divorce… from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

Hat Tip: Dorothy Surrenders via Lesbian Dad

Maybe I Could be a Republican?

Ouch, my fingers burned even typing that. But there’s a big fat law that’s invading my personal freedoms come the end of this month.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is supposed to protect our children from lead and phthalates in toys. And clothes. And books. And crayons. And bikes.  I’m all for protecting kids. I went through our entire train collection in 2007 when train after train was reported as having lead paint. I read every recall, I looked for serial numbers on James (James is red, so he’s the most likely to be lead -filled … gah, I still don’t like Alec Baldwin narrating the Thomas & Friends stories).

I’m not convinced the CPSIA is the answer though, neither are some others. She’s going to have to reduce her offerings drastically. There was fear for awhile that thrift shops would go out of business because they wouldn’t be able to afford the testing on all their merchandise. We’re supposed to embrace the new world order of reduce-reuse-recycle. How can I do that when there are no consignment shops and it’s illegal for me to sell my gently loved children’s clothes? However, on January 8 it was clarified that thrift stores did not have to test their products (they do have to continue pulling items from their shelves that are on a recall list though).

I fear the only toy sellers to weather will be WalMart (speaking of which, I think it’s interesting that I was all woohoo, look at the pretty picture representing the data and you all were OMG the locusts and the hey hey) and Target. The small independent toy sellers, of which we have three brick-and-morter stores within easy reach, aren’t going to make it. They aren’t going to be able to afford to stock their shelves with more expensive toys (thanks to the CPSIA) and let them sit there longer (thanks to the recession). The etsy sellers aren’t going to be able to test each of their individual creations.

What can we do? If you’re a member of the huge time suck, you can join Rally Against the CPSIA legislature. If you’re a seller on etsy, they’ve started a thread. Boutique Cafe is full of great ideas. I’ll be writing my congressional reps; don’t know who yours are? Check here.

Did you also write a post about this? Toss it in the comments. I know I’ve read lots of good stuff, I just can’t seem to find it in my reader currently.

As for the changing parties, ha ha! It was a joke. But I would like government to keep its paws off my hand made skirt.

Day Without a Gay

Today, December 10 don’t spend a dime. Day Without a Gay is a strike and boycott to demonstrate the financial value of the LGTBQ community in our society.

Our community contributes $700 billion a year to this economy (the same amount as the bailout), yet we are not given equal protections under the law that every citizen deserves. As such, it is time we make a stand.

While I will participate, I fear that in this economy no one will notice. Doesn’t matter. We must keep at it and keep at it.

I just read that a smart judge in FL just approved adoption by a gay parent. Florida banned gay parent adoption in 1977. It really upsets me that because I have a uterus and have accepted sperm I am somehow deemed a better parent than a person who so desperately wants to be a parent but cannot because some old (presumably) white man thirty years ago deemed homosexuals unfit parents. How does that work when one parent comes out of the closet after 10 years? Or do I even want to know? Wanting to be a parent, having the room in your heart to have it broken – that’s what makes you a parent. Not who you call “honey.”

Some fun facts

  • Same-sex couples raising adopted children are older, more educated, and have more economic resources than other adoptive parents.
  • Gay and lesbian parents are raising three percent of foster children in the United States.
  • Gay and lesbian parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the United States.
  • A national ban on GLB foster care could cost from $87 to $130 million.

Awesome. We surely don’t want financially stable, well educated folks rearing-children. That makes no sense. And we should definitely put more burden on each state’s budget by refusing to place children in same-sex parent homes.

Good grief, I thought only Sarah Palin could make me this crazy.

Make Love Not Laws

As promised, I took my kids to a national protest against California’s proposition 8. We went to one in Boulder, not Denver, as I decided that being on familiar turf would give me an advantage with bathrooms and food options. It was awesome. A nice sized crowd given that there was college football today (that tends to keep non-game attending folks away, there’s only one major road in & out of Boulder).

There are over a thousand federal laws that treat married people differently from single people (Wikipedia). One thousand. You cannot tell me that I deserve 1,000 accommodations because I am married to Peter and not Paula. There are so many things that we take for granted. If Peter were in the hospital I would have access to him and have knowledge of his care. If I were in a relationship with a woman, I would have no protection for that. If Peter died tomorrow I would receive bereavement days from my employer and payments from the federal government to help care for our children. If I were in a relationship with a woman, I would have no protection and no financial safety net.

Why? And more importantly, why is that okay?

As usual, the poignant Keith Olbermann has something to say.

Then spread happiness—this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness—share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

National Protest

The very first time I voted was March 3, 1992. It was the Democratic primary in my state and my 18th birthday. My friend Rachel turned 18 the following day and was honestly sadened that she would not be able to vote in the primary (especially since it was her mom that knew you could register to vote before your 18th birthday if you would be 18 on voting day).

That fall as I proudly cast my ballot for the next president, Coloradans passed a deplorable amendment

Neither the state of Colorado, through any of its branches or departments, nor any of its agencies, political subdivisions, municipalities or school districts, shall enact, adopt or enforce any statute, regulation, ordinance or policy whereby homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships shall constitute or otherwise be the basis of, or entitle any person or class of persons to have or claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected status or claim of discrimination. This Section of the Constitution shall be in all respects self-executing.

Thankfully, it was eventually overturned as unconstitutional. And now, 16 years later the people of the great state of California passed their own hate law.

On Saturday November 15, my children and I will go to Denver to protest California’s Proposition 8. We’ll do it for Rachel and her partner and their baby that is due any day now. We’ll do it for every family that is not given equal protection under the law.

If you’re unsure why you should be against Prop 8, go meet Lesbian Dad and her family. Her family that is not given the same reverence and protection that my own family receives. If you think only liberals and homosexuals are anti-prop 8, Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is against it.

And please, don’t be naive and think this doesn’t affect you because you are hetero or because you don’t live in California. If there’s anything that the recent economic downturn has taught us is that we are all in this together.

Change, It’s Real

This is CNN‘s electoral map calculator.

Some notable changes since Wednesday: ND (3) turned yellow (meaning it is battle-ground) from light red (leaning R), AZ (10) turned light red from dark red and LA (9) turned dark red. So, two states have moved to the left and one moved to the right. It’s still a 4 electoral college count increase for Obama if those states continue moving to the left.

If you have not early voted, remember Tuesday is THE DAY. As KellyGO put it

A lot of us are getting ready to cast our vote. If, next Tuesday, it’s sleeting outside and some of the roads are closed and you’re hungover and all nine of your kids are sick and you’d have to call your mother to watch the kids while you go to the polls and she’ll never let you forget how you should have listened to her and married that guy with the minivan, SUCK IT UP AND DO IT ANYWAY. This is a close election, and nobody has won it yet. Remember Florida, Y2K? Your vote matters, yes it does.

So, if those words don’t motivate you what will? Free treats? Not only will you get a coveted I Voted sticker, you can take it to Krispy Kreme for a free donut! Ben & Jerry’s is giving free scoops on election day too.

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