Month: January 2010

Yet another meme

Found this on Patently Queer.

1. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?

Am I limited to just the one person? For example, I’m a bit of an electronics geek so could I say modify it to maybe blow up three people? No, ok I want the public face of NOM, Maggie “The Loathsome” Gallagher to explode when I push the button.

2. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be?

Hmmm. I’m trying to think of one group or person I really can’t stand. Probably that hack Amy Winehouse.

3. Who would you really like to just punch in the face?

See my answer to the first question. Barring the Explode-O-Button a sock to the face might be fun. Maggie “The Loathsome” Gallagher, meet my fist.

4. What is your favorite cheese?

I pretty much love the strong stinky varieties like Stilton.

5. You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your immediate disposal. What kind will you make?

A meatball sandwich. I have to admire whoever it was who invented the meatball. Brilliant idea, wad up a ball of seasoned meat, broil it, stew it in tomato sauce and serve it up on a toasted roll along with some provolone cheese.

6. You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie celebrity of your choice. We are talking no-strings-attached sex and it can only happen once. Who is the lucky celebrity of your choice?

Matt Damon. Yeah, a very sweet ass on him.

7. You have the opportunity to sleep with the music celebrity of your choice. Who do you pick?

Oh this is tough. D’Angelo I suppose.

8. Now that you’ve slept with two different people in a row, you seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy shit, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it?

Like others I could get about 3 bottles of wine and some nice cheeses and crackers to go with it.

9. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?

Atlanta to visit my friend Ky.

10. Upon arrival to the aforementioned location, you get off the plane and discover another hundred-dollar bill. Shit! Now that you are in the new location, what are you gonna do?

Now this one is easy, we gettin’ a little drunk!

11. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. It is…?

I’m torn between a Pinot Noir and a Chianti.

12. Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you traveling to and what are you going to do when you get there?

I’d grab a video camera and head back two thousand years and meet up with Jesus. I want to collect video evidence that he was a big ‘mo just like us. (I just left Larry’s answer in here because I agree wholeheartedly that the abilities of Jesus may have been, to quote a Family Guy movie, a tad exaggerated.)

13. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?

No religious people allowed. The minute you openly claim your undying faith to God or Christ and you’re out.

14. You have been given the opportunity to create the half-hour TV show of your own design. What is it called and what’s the premise?

“It is YOUR Government” Every week you’d be shown an abuse perpetrated by a corporation hiding behind Constitutional rights, then you’d be shown what would happen to that corporation if they didn’t have those rights and instead the people had all the rights.

15. What is your favorite curse word?

The most versatile word out there, “fuck”. E.g. Fuck you you fuckin’ fuck.

16. One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies aren’t really doing anything, they’re just standing around your bed. What do you do?

I wouldn’t even wake up. They’re not gonna hurt you.

17. Your house is on fire, holy shit! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. Don’t worry, your loved ones and pets have already made it out safely. So what’s the item?

My laptop. Definitely my laptop. My life is on that machine which is why I am meticulous about maintenance and backups.

18. The Angel of Death has descended upon you. Fortunately, the Angel of Death is pretty cool and in a good mood, and it offers you a half-hour to do whatever you want before you bite it. Whatcha gonna do in that half-hour?

That’s about enough time to load up the gun and get where I need to be to whack a few people.

19. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What’s it gonna be?

Invisibility. I think that comes from being in I.T. for the majority of my life. We’re invisible until something breaks.

20. You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?

The day I met Keyron. Seriously.

21.You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

My mom dying when I was 13.

22. You got kicked out of the country for being a time-traveling heathen who sleeps with celebrities and has super-powers. But check out this cool shit… you can move to anywhere else in the world! Bitchin’! What country are you going to live in now?

Probably Italy.

23. This question still counts, even for those of you who are under age. Check it out. You have been eternally banned from every single bar in the world except for ONE. Which one is it gonna be?

I’ve never been a bar person. Bores me to tears.

24. Hopefully you didn’t mention this in the super-powers question…. If you did, then we’ll just expand on that. Check it out… Suddenly, you have gained the ability to FLOAT!!! Whose house are you going to float to first, and be like “Dude, check it out… I can FLOAT!”?

I’d float in the Governors office and tell him he’s a fucking bigot right to his face.

25. The constant absorption of magical moonbeams mixed with the radioactive vegetables you consumed earlier has given you the ability to resurrect the dead famous-person of your choice. So which celebrity will you bring back to life?

Luther Vandross

26. The Celestial Gates of Beyond have opened, much to your surprise because you didn’t think such a thing existed. Death appears. As it turns out, Death is actually a pretty cool entity, and happens to be in a fantastic mood. Death offers to return the friend/family-member/person, etc. of your choice to the living world. Who will you bring back?

Oh easy, my mother if only so she could meet Keyron.

27. What’s your theme song?

Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”

More info on being blocked from the RI State House

Apparently we were blocked because the new rules say that if the legislature isn’t in session the State House locks up. Probably to save money that was being spend on the Capitol Police.

But another of the new rules says “No sound systems” aka public address type systems. Doesn’t say anything about bullhorns though, and we actually prefer that for motivating crowds.

Nice going State of Rhode Island. Now protests will be more raucous.

RI Government Blocking Protests in State House

I have some news to report. The Providence Equality Action Committee was to have a protest inside the State House from 6PM to 8PM. They’d cleared it with the Facilities people at the State House but due to a “…changed the rules just yesterday to disallow evening gatherings”.

This reeks of a move to block citizen involvement while the chambers are in session and it disgusts me. I’m going to have to speak to some people because this pisses me off to no end.

Where is the outrage

It seems that corporations have done what is always attributable to the devil, convince people that they don’t exist, or more accurately that they’re not responsible for the mess we are currently experiencing.

Read this article on Mother Jones and then come back and read my comments.

First this:

“People don’t know what to do with the anger they do have,” says Marttila, because they feel blocked by “senators, representatives, and [Treasury Secretary] Timothy Geithner, who speaks gobbledygook.” Wall Street, in other words, is protected by the people’s representatives.

Some of us can see through the gobbledygook. Our representatives need to be taught a lesson. Let us make a commitment to keep voting them out until they get it right. By ‘right’ I mean that they take their marching orders from us, not corporate interests.

“But they are constantly told by all the respected voices that if we don’t protect and preserve the institutions on Wall Street, we’ll be fighting for rat meat on the streets.” And this fearmongering works.

And sometimes it doesn’t work. I have a solution in mind, start by fracturing the big banks into tiny little pieces, do the same for medical insurance companies. Use government power to level the playing field.

But the financial issues involved appear “incredibly arcane and difficult to penetrate. How do you regulate derivatives when 99 percent of the public don’t understand it?”

Derivatives aren’t hard to understand. In essence it is a methodology for looting the general public. Let me explain.

A bank has on hand a batch of what are called toxic assets. They’re toxic because they represent a loss on the banks balance sheet that offsets profitability. Those toxic assets btw, risky mortgages and other loan instruments.

So the bank packages them up all pretty and insures them. They then sell these derivatives to other organizations. The deception involved is interesting. Rememberthe insurance aspect? That’s what the Credit Default Swap is all about. In essence it’s the insurance industry being deceived enough to think they can make a buck on these derivatives.

You see where I’m going here. When those derivatives started tanking, it was up to the insurers to cover losses, except the insurers weren’t liquid enough to settle all debts. In other words, they couldn’t pay claims on those junk derivatives.

Now to complete the circle. Who benefited from this? The bank that was able to get a toxic asset off it’s books, that is who was the main benefactor in all of it. The banks, well, Citibank, Bank of America, et al.

Just some food for thought. Why the hell aren’t we rioting in the streets?

TED Blog: How to live to be 100+: Dan Buettner on TED.com

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via TED Blog: How to live to be 100+: Dan Buettner on TED.com.

Very interesting stuff. I incorporate much of the suggested things into my life. I suppose I could move toward a more plant based diet but I’m a meat eater and it would be tough.

If you look at my family, median falls around 85 to 86 barring disease. So there is a genetic predisposition. But it’s more than that.

What do Italian-Americans eat more of than anyone else? Pasta with a tomato based sauce. And we tend to drink a bit more wine too, not enough to get drunk, but with a meal the right wine rocks.

Cooking – I do not own a food processor. Everything is chopped manually. Of course laundry, that’s a machine but it is a trek up and down the stairs to the basement.

I don’t own a car. Everything I need is within walking distance. It is why I chose to live where I do.

Technology is also going to step in to help too. He talks about Omega 3 vs. Omega 6 fatty acids. They’re bioengineering lots of things to make Omega 3 vs. the other variety. But I do like certain fish, like salmon, trout, tuna, swordfish. It’s just so damned expensive and a very limited resource.

Do what you can. Even if it adds a couple of years of life you’re ahead of the game.

Even the Cato Institute understands equality

The Cato Institute has an opinion piece titled “The Moral and Constitutional Case for Gay Marriage” by Robert A. Levi the Chair of the Cato Institute.

Don’t get me wrong, the Cato Institute is a libertarian, small government group. I don’t necessarily agree with a lot of what they say. But once in a great while they hit the nail on the head.

E.g.

Thomas Jefferson set the stage in the Declaration of Independence: “[T]o secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” The primary purpose of government is to safeguard individual rights and prevent some persons from harming others. Heterosexuals should not be treated preferentially when the state carries out that role. And no one is harmed by the union of two consenting gay people.

One could also interpret Jefferson’s text to apply to abuse of corporate power in politics. That causes us great harm.

But the case that Levy makes is undeniable. It is a violation of our Constitutional rights to deny us the ability to marry the person we love.

1979 CES – Comical now

Go check out this vid. It’s from the 1979 CES show. Unfortunately while WordPress can now do YouTube, Google and DailyMotion, it can’t yet embed from Yahoo vids.

The ‘mini’ video camera and recorder is interesting. Now you can fit the whole damned thing in your palm. And you can store a couple of hours of video on a tiny SD card. That’s progress.

And the first cable systems, how quaint. Back when it only cost a couple of bucks as opposed to today where it’s $40+ for basic cable.

Then of course is the VHS casettes, $75 for the Sound of Music? You could probably pickup the DVD copy at Blockbuster for under $10 these days. And video-discs while kind of cool for the time, they didn’t come about. Instead we have CD’s, DVD’s, and Blu-Ray.

Kevin Drum: Obama Needs To Be Willing To Earn The Hate Of Bankers (VIDEO)


President Obama needs to learn how to lead, how to become the leader that we want.

Here’s my theory on the presidency: If you’re going to promise all these things on the campaign trail, you damned well better have the courage and the chutzpah to push those things through and become the biggest cheerleader for those things. That is, even if it means you’d only serve one term. I’d rather see a president deliver on his promises and serve one term, than to see a president who will cater to special interests and serve two terms.

Priority 1: Health Care – insist that real reform means that we’re nationalizing the entire medical system in the U.S. That simple.

Priority 2: Banking – indeed split them into a million pieces. That diminishes their lobbying power and gives us more competition. But at the same time, strongly regulate the inter-bank fees for things like ATM transactions, etc.

Priority 3: Jobs – Enhance the Small Business Administration, penalize employers who offshore production and support.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Prop 8 Appeal to be Webcast: And Maggie Gallagher gets her panties in a bunch

gallagher in the crosshairs
gallagher in the crosshairs

Apparently Judge Vaughn has decided to webcast the proceedings of the Prop 8 appeal via the court’s YouTube channel.

Here’s the test of the system they’re using to switch off microphones or cameras if a witness doesn’t wish to be recorded:

And of course, Maggie “The Loathsome” Gallagher is already crying foul about it.

I’d like to pick apart a few things in Loathsome Gallagher’s article.

To deliberately and needlessly expose these people to a new wave of publicity and attacks by televising the trial is outrageous.

She need not worry. As evidenced in the above video, they can turn cameras and microphones on and off at will. So the bigots can remain under cover so to speak.

Prior to that quote above, Gallagher pulled this from the fun folks at the Heritage Foundation:

But this is no ordinary trial. This is a trial in a case where thousands of ordinary citizens have already faced a wave of hatred for participating in democracy. On Oct. 22, the Heritage Foundation released a report titled “The Price of Prop. 8,” which concluded that “supporters of Proposition 8 in California have been subjected to harassment, intimidation, vandalism, racial scapegoating, blacklisting, loss of employment, economic hardships, angry protests, violence, at least one death threat, and gross expressions of anti-religious bigotry.”

I must first make it clear, the people who supported such a discriminatory measure as Prop 8, or Question 1 in Maine, deserve my hatred, my ridicule and my scorn for they are bigots. It is one thing to personally dislike the fact that gay people can marry, it is entirely another when you sign your name to a petition, donate money, or allow usage of your visage in ads for the opposition.

Those who did the above acts need to understand then when one signs a petition or donates money, we all have the RIGHT to know that they did so. It’s all under the public records doctrine.

However I feel I must tell Loathsome Gallagher something: While your side suffers those slings and arrows, we gay people have experienced the exact same thing from bigots like you and your ilk. Regarding the death threat, I suspect that one is simply wishful thinking, a tempest in a teapot if you will, whereas we gay people have been murdered for even looking like we’re gay. When is the last time a religious bigot suffered that fate?

Maybe it’s because I surround myself with educated people. That’s right Maggie, educated. Your only claim to fame is that you’ve written as a family policy expert, I think Goebbels would be proud of you, repeat the same lie over and over again and it becomes the truth or at least so it is in your mind.

But so long as I’m around, I’m not going to let you get away with it.

TMI #220 – Haven’t done one in awhile!

1. A relaxing vacation or an adventurous trip?

Depends. Sometimes I want the adventure, sometimes I want a hammock slung between two trees, a nice shade cover and temps around 75F, a good book nearby and good tunes playing on the iPod. That’s as close to heaven as you can possibly get.

Hammock
Hammock

2. Get a perfect nights sleep or have amazing sex?

If the sex is amazing I will sleep perfectly.

3. Be intimate with the lights on or off?

On or off, doesn’t matter. I have great tactile senses too. And you know what they say: What’s the difference between light and hard? You can sleep with a light on but you can’t sleep with a hard on.

4. Your S/O be a terrible kisser who could always make you orgasm or an amazing kisser who could never make you orgasm?

I’d just have to nip off and shoot myself. But seriously, an amazing kisser would have me shooting for the moon.

5. Date someone much younger or much older than you?

I generally set the limit to +/- 10 years. For example, there are 8 years, 7 months, 7 days between Keyron and I. Of course when I was 18 I had no intention of doing it with an 8 year old, but a 28 year old was in the realm of the probable back then.

Bonus (as in optional): Which reality show would you be good at? Why?

Is there one where you can just sit there and kick the asses of TV executives who thought it was a good idea to push all this reality tv crap? If there was one for that I’d be perfect for the role. Why? Because I would make a very good ass kicker.