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June 30, 2008

About My Awareness

Let me show you:

The backstory is here.

And as to the case of all internet traditions (all of which I am aware), there’s a blog.

June 27, 2008

Hoo boy.

Sabrina Poirier, a student at Pensacola who withdrew in 1997, was disciplined for what is known on the campus as “optical intercourse” — staring too intently into the eyes of a member of the opposite sex. This is also referred to as “making eye babies.”

tbogg has the rest.

h/t Righteous Bubba

June 26, 2008

I guess it’s time to arise from my stupor and write someting down.

Filed under: Outrage Fatigue, Politics, protest — t4toby @ 2:42 pm

Spider Hole picture by Bill Finger

Many thanks to the positive words from my commenters. I have been really down, coming full circle from an anti-establishment Nader supporter in 2000 to believing that the Democrats actually might accomplish something in 2006 back to someone that is actually considering not voting.

I know. How could I? Isn’t Obama the great Black/White Hope? And isn’t not voting for Obama a vote for McCain? And why not vote fro Nader again?

I guess my answer is: Fuck it. Straight up. Fuck. It. I have spent the last couple of years pouring over the blogosphere, learning all I could about where we are today. Let me tell you, it’s not pretty.

The experiment has failed. Even with the amount of time and effort our Constitution’s framers put into designing checks and balances the corporations and moneyed interests run the show. Our Great Hope, Obama, is now shamelessly tacking to the Right in order to shore up his chances of winning. Motherfucker didn’t even bother to show up for the first vote on the FISA bill, and has now switched his ‘Against Immunity’ position to ‘Hey, Whatever Will Get Me More Votes’. We have the most unpopular President in history, and the so called “opposition candidate” has publicly said he will vote for the early X-Mas gift for Incurious George and Big Dick, Telecom Immunity.

As I write this, I have Pandora on, the After the Gold Rush Channel. Neil has spent his life rallying against this bullshit, and now I’m feeling like maybe this is exactly where the powers that be want me to be: Disillusioned and feeling utterly powerless. I just don’t know what to do about all of this. The ‘re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic’ metaphor seems quite appropos right now.

All empires go through a life span. I don’t have the links right now because I forgot to bookmark them, but I have seen analysis after analysis comparing the United States to the historic Empires and showing that we are on the downward decline towards irrelevance. When big countries pick fights with small countries in order to keep fueling the nationalistic impulses of the people and greed of the rich then the gig is up. Fear for fear’s sake. Keep the people so spun by rising cost of living, the impossibility of health care, the difficulty of the job market and they won’t question our leaders even when we catch them elbow deep in our grandkids’ cookie jars.

Nothing worth having is ever easy. Hard work will set you free. Think in generational terms, not in immediate gratification. Good advice, but how do you work hard when you aren’t sure where the work lies? Do we work tirelessly to get progressives in the government, only to watch them eventually be corrupted by the sweet seduction of power and money? Do we risk being disappeared and work for actual revolution? Withdraw from society and arm ourselves to the teeth? Come up with a scam to get rich quick and retire on a tropical island? Give in and start a porn company to wring some of the last change from our fellow citizens’ pockets? Drink (even more ) heavily? Head to the hills and farm herb?

The last is my first choice, by the way, but I don’t see it working for my children. Plus, right now I think that giving the government a reason to incarcerate me is foolish (or just a paranoid delusion?) I don’t know.

As is human nature, I am comfortable enough to complain, so I do. I really am blessed. I have my health, and my daughters are growing to be amazing and brilliant. A superpower is not bombing my home town. Some paranoid freaks are not building 30 foot walls separating me from my friends and neighbors. We don’t have a President violently pushing his opposition out of the race. We don’t experience ethnic cleansing, or the terror of having to flee our homes in the dead of night for fear of losing life or limb.

I guess things are pretty good. I have completely lost faith in our government, even our form of government, but by all other metrics I am a very lucky human being. I’ll meditate on that for a while and see if I feel like participating in our ‘Democracy’ when I come out on the other side.

June 24, 2008

Rock Bottom

Filed under: Uncategorized — t4toby @ 2:22 pm

So I’ve lost faith in our system, big-time.

I am at blogger rock bottom.  Everything I want to say I instantly come up with a hundred different reasons of why what I wanted to say is dumb,  has already been said, or is hypocritical, or won’t make a damn bit of difference.

However, I will miss George Carlin.  I think he was brilliant.

June 19, 2008

Obama Screws the Pooch.

Filed under: Back Stab, Barack Obama, Blue Dog Democrats, FISA, Hypocrisy, Obama, Politics — t4toby @ 11:37 am

It has always bothered me that Barack Obama supported Joe Lieberman in the 2006 congressional race against populist Democrat Ned Lamont. But now he has gone too far, and the facade is getting a little thin for my taste.

The back story: John Barrow is a Representative from Georgia. A Blue Dog Democrat. Which is code for a wolf-in-sheep’s clothing, also known as democrat that almost exclusively votes for whatever bullshit the corrupt and way-past-their-shelf-life Republicans come up with, or Republican-Lite, if you will.

The latest steaming stinker to come down the Republican chocolate highway is their attempt to immunize the telecoms that knowingly broke the law in order to assist the Bush administration with vacuuming up all communications between all Americans in order to mine this information for…( information on terrorists?) Anyone with a basic understanding of what is allowed relative to information gathering in this country knows that the FISA court created by the FISA bill written in the seventies is supposed to be the exclusive venue for getting permission for this kind of surveillance. It is a felony, according to the FISA bill, to go around the conventions set up in this bill. Which the telecoms knowingly did because the Administration asked real nice. Which is illegal.

So right now, our congress is trying to retroactively immunize these telecom companies (there are currently dozens of lawsuits against the telecos over this matter, with a huge potential financial penalty at stake) from any current or future lawsuits pertaining to their assistance to the Administration. Effectively, this would cover up any wrong-doing of government officials that may come out in the discovery phase of any number of these trials, as well as give the green light for any corporation to violate any law )if the Administration asks real nice). I personally see this as a crucial piece in the puzzle for having a true fascist system in the United States. If citizens have no recourse against corporations, and in turn government officials, when their guaranteed rights are trampled on, then we have no more guarantee for our rights.

Back to Mr Barrow. He is one of the leading voices in the Blue Dog caucus to lend his full throated support to retroactive immunity, among other Blue Dog BS. He is also being challenged by a progressive state legislator named Regina Thomas. A black woman in a district that had 70% of it ballots cast in past primaries by African-Americans. So of course Obama is supporting Thomas, right?

Wrong. Obama just finished taping a 60 second radio spot for John Barrow.

“We’re going to need John Barrow back in Congress to help change Washington and get our country back on track,” Obama says in the 60-second ad.

Bullshit, Barry!

I don’t know what to say. I was feeling really positive about Obama at least being able to help us step back from the fascist precipice. But the company he’s keeping is a little, well, dubious. Don’t get me wrong, I’m rather terrified of Old Man McCain. But I consider this strike two for Obama. If he’s going to vacuum up votes by putting on the progressive mask, but act as an enabler to the system that has gotten us to this woeful place in which we currently reside, I will not stand by him.

Change we can believe in?

June 16, 2008

Civil Rights are Civil Rights

Filed under: Del Martin, Gay, Gay Marriage, Missy Graham, Phyllis Lyon, Politics, Queer — t4toby @ 2:49 pm

The first same-sex couple to marry legally in California, Lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, have been together for 55 years.

h/t Jill @ Feministe (this picture is when they were illegally wed by Gavin Newsom in 2004)

I sincerely believe that equal rights for all really means just that. Not “Equal Rights for Those Who Believe and Act in Ways That I am Comfortable With”.

What is homophobia about, anyway? It is about sex, pure and simple. How are a gay couple any different from any other couple? The slots and tabs. That is it.

I never really want to think about most of my neighbors having sex. I mean, come on. What else would I be able to base my hatred on the homos next door other than their bedtime proclivities? There are plenty of straight kinks that I would rather not assign to the neighbor I nod to every time I see them. Really. Who wants to know that the sweet overweight couple two doors down are into…well, you get the picture. So why would a gay couple next door be any different than a straight couple?

I believe that ‘conservatives’ have two main deficiencies. Projection and controlling their creative visualizations. With projection, they always want to project their beliefs on everyone else. Even more so if deep down they like what they are supposed to hate. Sort of a smokescreen effect, if you will. Yell loud enough about how you hate X and people will probably think you are the last candidate for engaging in X.

With creative visualization, well, we’re back to the neighbors. If all I saw was sex when I encountered other people, I would probably be driven half mad by the cavalcade of imagery. Especially if I had spent much of my life trying to convince myself that I was morally superior to everyone else all the while wondering deep down what it would be like to be forcibly taken by a large, sweaty black man. (I’m looking at you, Missy Graham)

I have pretty good control of my visualization. If they’re attractive to me, I might go there mentally. If not, ewww. No. So I really don’t care how the scene works for you. Even if it involves goats. If fact, I’m probably more inclined that you keep it to yourself, whatever your ‘orientation’. (Unless you are whispering it in my ear, that is. Full disclosure: I <em>heart</em> naughty.)

So back to the California. Good on them. Living up to our reputation of a nation of freedom is hard work, but we have to keep trying to ensure that all people, from white to black, rich to poor, totally straight to flamingly gay are treated Equally. As in the same. All the time.


-From the San Francisco Sentinel.

On the same subject, see my posts on Absurdity Ad Infinitum and The New Gay.

June 11, 2008

Eisenhower was Right.

Filed under: Not Funny, Outrage Fatigue, Politics, war, War Profiteering — t4toby @ 3:09 pm


Dwight D Eisenhower was a wise man. And a Kansan. I’m not sure which came first. But suffice to say he was very prescient about how the companies with a financial interest in war should be closely watched to make sure they don’t drum up conflict to pay their paychecks.

Take it away, BBC:

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

Who could have ever predicted this?

Seems that that 23 billion dollars went missing, but all parties in cases involving the lost money are under a gag order.

In the run-up to the invasion, one of the most senior officials in charge of procurement in the Pentagon objected to a contract potentially worth $7bn that was given to Halliburton, a Texan company which used to be run by Dick Cheney before he became vice-president.

Go figure.

Henry Waxman, who chairs the House committee on oversight and government reform, said: “The money that’s gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, it’s egregious.

“It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history.”

If only one of our leaders had been wise enough to warn us about this.

D’oh!

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

To be fair, I guess, the Fifties were a long, long time ago…

I’m Voting Republican.

Filed under: I'm Voting Republican, Politics, Progosphere — t4toby @ 11:39 am

And here’s why.

June 9, 2008

Wha…huh?

Filed under: Uncategorized — t4toby @ 2:12 pm

I just got back from a week off.  I went camping with my daughter’s 5th grade class for 3 days on Blake Island:

then with my other daughter’s 1st grade to camp for 1 day and night at the Middle Fork campground:

Believe it or not, I really had a good time.  I like kids.  They are a joy to be around, and I really like feeling useful.  However, it was like early March, hovering around 45-50 degrees with wind and rain to boot.  Seattle can really be a bummer at times.  I guess that is about the only thing keeping it from having the population of LA.

On a different note-

Obama’s the nominee and the virulent racist attacks have already begun.

I heard some of Hillary’s concession speech and she sounded downright dignified.

Oh, and John McCain is an idiot.  That is all.