Friday, August 26, 2011

Shipping Something About The Size of a Human Body?

A great video from FedEx. Enjoy.

Jedi Kitties! Too Cute Video of the Day.

Thanks Malcolm for finding this, it made my day a little brighter.  I love kitten puppetry! (humane)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rabbi Blames Quake on Gays

OK, I admit I got punked by the story about Pat Robertson blaming Metrosexuals for the quake,(thanks Tim for catching this) but this one checks out.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, an ally of the National Organization for Marriage who last month blamed the murder of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy on the passage of marriage equality in NY, has posted a new video in which he claims yesterday's earthquake on the east coast was because God is angry about homosexuality.

Says Levin: "We saw today an earthquake. The Jerusalem Talmud tells us that one of the reasons that God brings earthquakes to the world is because of the transgressions of homosexuality. The Talmud states, 'You have shaken your male member in a place where it doesn't belong. I too, will shake the earth.'"
 The YouTube video that accompanied the article was removed from YouTube for hate speech.

Rick Perry Lies - Watch The Video!

Hurricane Irene - Be Prepared! Video From FEMA

Roger Williams Sees Welfare Recipients as Livestock

I am not making this up.  I suspect he was trying to use donkeys as a metaphor for the Democratic party, but his dialogue seems directed specifically at the kind of "welfare queen" myth that Regan started.  Williams sees the poor and those in need of government help as donkeys and he figures his supporters will as well.  This is outrageous class warfare stuff and I thing the GOP knows exactly who they are targeting, the base and in this case the bigots.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Don't Think BDSM is a Sexual Minority? Think Again.

For folks who labor under the illusion that their sexual proclivities toward BDSM do not make them a sexual minority, this is a wake up call.  Sex in almost any form is still a big taboo in this puritan country.  Take the case of the chancellor of the University of Northern Virginia.  David Lee looks pretty good for someone 63 years old, and he is still very sexually active including various BDSM activities in his life.

Unfortunately, being a little indiscreet and posting a picture of yourself flexing on the internet is enough to get you into a brouhaha of epic proportions. David and his partner Regina Biscoe posted pictures of themselves and their home dungeon online where they were discovered by snooping press folks and voila a scandal!

Lee resigned his post over the incident which quite frankly has nothing to do with his performance as chancellor or anything else other than his sexual preferences. It's time we grew up as a nation and took a mature attitude toward people's sexuality.  The continued use of consensual sexual behaviors as leverage by the press or others to cause a scandal is just plain juvenile.

Puritanical attitudes toward sex in this country drive politics and policy that should have nothing to do with what is essentially private behavior.  It's time we began understanding that what happens between consensual adults is not news. 

The only exception I make to this is when the person or persons engaged in these activities is activley working to deny the rights of other sexual minorities.  Now that is a cause for outrage and scandal, not for their sexual behavior but their hypocrisy. 

Orthodox Rabbis Play Lesbian/Gay Matchmakers - Oy Vey!

In an announcement that seems more like something out of a very cruel and twisted sitcom, Orthodox Rabbi Arale Harel has started a matchmaking service.  Unlike Dolly Levi, the Rabbi is pairing up gay men and lesbians so they can procreate, with the caveat that they will seek conversion therapy.  The service is for "religious homosexuals and lesbians"and is thankfully available only in Israel for now.

Oy vey!

The Great Texas Desert?

That is what it seems like here in Dallas this year.  After 56 days of 100+ temperatures and no end in sight it is a valid question, "is Texas becoming a desert?"

I did a little digging and found that the Chihuahuan Desert in South West Texas gets just under 17 inches of rainfall on average and though this is far more than some other spots in Texas, the amount of water that evaporates from the area far exceeds the rainfall (evapotranspiration), thus the desert conditions. This year in Dallas we have had only a little over 20 inches of rain and none in the forecast.  That puts us over 11 inches behind our yearly average.

Though in Dallas this year we had a wet spring, right now the primary color of the landscape is brown.  My grass is a nice crispy tan and most likely will stay that way until the fall.  It makes me wonder if I shouldn't pull out the lawn and out in a rock garden like the folks in Las Vegas do.  No water needed, and the desert plants  used for landscaping do just fine even through a few harsh winters. 

Maybe we could just add a few casinos and become the entertainment capital of the South?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Uganda May Push Forward with Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Despite the rumors that the Uganda "anti-Homosexual" bill was dead, it looks like the Ugandan Parliament is pushing forward with it. This law would be deadly to many Ugandan LGBT people and has been uniformly condemned by most developed countries in the world.  Sadly, a group of right-wing evangelicals in this country have helped move this bill forward.