Month: June 2010

Providence Gay Pride 2010 Videos and pictures

For the videos just visit the playlist. I found that converting MP4 to AVI files made them look darker and that was 99% of my problems with low light videos.

So I just put the raw MP4’s up on YouTube. It’s split into parts, longest just short of 8 minutes. You can see them here.

However I will give you the Big Apple Corps.

Now I remember years ago what a dump this area was but it’s cleaned up quite nicely. It’s where Memorial Blvd runs into Dyer St. in Providence.

Memorial Blvd to Eddy St.
Memorial Blvd to Eddy St.

The Colors on the Bridge

Colors on the Bridge
Colors on the Bridge

Keyron and I at the festival.

Keyron and I
Keyron and I

Just a random shot towards the stage

Random Shot
Random Shot

Saw a few people I know, people that both Keyron and I know, and people that Keyron knows.

Really that’s what Gay Pride is all about. Seeing people you only see but once a year or so. I didn’t see Tracey this year but again, if you look at the videos you can see there were about 1,500 or so people just in that short little distance. It gets a little harder to find people.

Weather wise a perfect day. Mid 80’s daytime and into the mid 70’s at night. Reminds me of the time a group I was working with back in the late 1980’s entered the parade. We had built a float on a small trailer that was hooked up to a little pickup truck. We had also done up the truck but we left a small viewport for the driver. The poor guy driving roasted in that truck but by golly our float went through the parade!

Contrast to the last few years where it has consistently rained on the parade.

Hope you enjoy our little parade. It ran a couple minutes under an hour from start to finish.

Prop 8 Trial Closing Arguments

And having read the transcripts of the closing arguments I have to say it. The proponents of Prop 8 haven’t got a shred of a legal argument. Their position comes down to an old favorite “The children”.

It’s almost as though the Prop 8 proponents make our case for us. Take the issue of children. Heterosexuals can have kids willy-nilly. They don’t have to be in stable relationships, or even WANT the child. But they’ll use their religious bigotry to say that they’ll marry the opposite sex partner.

That’s all well and good but how many of those marriages end up in divorce? From empirical observation I’d say a good portion of them in end in divorce.

But a same sex couple has to involve a third party be they male-male or female-female couples. They actually WANT those children. And the recent longitudinal study on lesbian parents finds that their kids are well adjusted, more so than the normative families.

Of course this is something I’ve known for awhile now. Good friend of mine is a psychologist and even he says the sex of the parents doesn’t matter, it’s the consistency and love that matter most for kids.

I have to give props to the Olson and Boies team. They’re really putting together a solid case here. But here’s a thought that occurred to me a little while ago. If Judge Walker rules in our favor, it assures an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court (USSC).

I’m not a legal scholar (But I do know a number of attorneys.) and I have to wonder. What happens if the USSC refuses to hear an appeal? It means that the case law stands.

I have a feeling the USSC might not want to touch this one.

Round and round

So today Keyron and I did a six mile loop through the city. Walked up to the east side, then over to India Point Park, then back along Point St. over to Stewart/Cahir and then down Westminster where we finally hooked up with the street we live on.

Weather was perfect for the walk. Not too hot, not too cold. We did break for about 40 minutes or so at India Point.

If there’s one thing I love doing it’s walking around the city. Give me a comfortable pair of shoes (Sneakers!) and I could do ten miles or more easily.

The motivation of the bigots

I think a lot of it is that they lack the ability to think for themselves, or it could be that they think their view of the world should override that of everyone else.

But then look at what most religions have as their first tenets, E.g. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me. You can look it all up in the first books of the Bible, the part shared in common with the Christians and Jews.

Blind Faith - Because Thinking is Hard
Blind Faith - Because Thinking is Hard

But here is an alternate view. They’re simply hiding their bias behind the Bible.

This is most evident in the current dust-up between Porno Petey LaBarbera and Joe Jervis of the bog Joe.My.God

The origin of LaBarbera’s nickname has to do with the fact that LaBarbera likes to go to some of the fairs, festivals and parades and record the scantily clad guys, some of whom might be engaged in plain vanilla sexual practice, some in more B&D practices etc.

But it you read the link I posted earlier you now understand the real issue. It isn’t just their God’s word but their own personal distaste for homosexuality. What I like to call the Ick Factor. I hate to break it to them but the parts do in fact fit together very well, and the majority of us don’t “Eat da poo-poo” in the words of the Rev. Ssempa.

So in LaBarbera’s case, it’s either Ick Factor or the fact that he’s a repressed homosexual himself. I’m leaning toward the latter. I can just picture him stroking away while editing his little video diatribes.

Speaker Fox (RI) What the Fuck???

Not even a hearing on a marriage equality bill this year? What the fuck is up with that?

I could give you a pass if you weren’t a gay man in a relationship. So you set the calendar against your own self interest huh? You had a veto proof majority in the House and the Senate is very close to being the same. So why the hell couldn’t you schedule a simple hearing and maybe let the committee report it out for a vote?

Afraid of the ballot this November? Please, RI’ers want marriage equality by a majority.

What is up with MA Catholic Schools?

There have already been a couple cases where children were kicked out of Catholic schools in MA because their parents are gay. But now this. The porn angle is a new one. It reeks of the recruitment screeds used against us for years, and still prevalent in some parts.

I’m constantly astounded that here in RI they don’t give a rats posterior what the sexual orientation of the parents are. Catholic schools are closing left and right in the state. They need all the money I mean sheep they can get.

Which brought me to a new thought, one I might use when the Catholic church once again lobbies against marriage equality in RI.

You can take the money of gay people and educate their children, yet on the other hand you won’t allow them the security and benefit of marriage equality?

Logic: Test #1

Saw this on LOL God and had to paste it up here.

logic test number 1

This was something that always bugged me even back to my sophomore year of high school where we studied the Bible for the entire school year. Yes, it was a Catholic school.

One of the more interesting quotes from Genesis:

1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

The whole us/our. Unless of course their god was talking about the angels at the time. Doubtful though. The god of the O.T. often uses the “Us” bit. Maybe he has multiple personality disorder in addition to being a jealous and petty child.

Then of course God tells the first lie:

2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

But when Eve was tempted by the serpent and ate the apple, then handed it to Adam guess what? They didn’t die. Oh sure there was this bit where that pesky “Us” thing pops up again:

3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Ok, now it gets interesting. This one starts off by denying the omniscience of god:

4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

We’re getting to the good part. Who did Cain marry?

4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. (4:14) “From thy face shall I be hid.”
(4:14) “Every one that findeth me shall slay me.”

(4:15) “Lest any finding him should kill him.”

“And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD.”

(4:17) “And Cain knew his wife.”

(4:19) “And Lamech took him two wives.”

4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

So there were OTHER people that weren’t God’s special little creation. You know, in Nod, east of Eden.

A great elucidation on the Cheney/Bush presidency

I’ve sort of tipped this earlier but Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff at the Department of State dishes on the presidency of Cheney/Bush. I phrase it that way because Cheney was really the controlling interest behind all of that.

Watch this and tell me who we really need to direct our anger at over the whole BP oil leak.

Part I is here:

So the Cheney/Bush presidency really was about repealing the entire regulatory structure in favor of rampant corporatism.

Bits and Pieces Tuesday

So I got my offer letter today. Fairly sweet deal, salary right where I wanted it, with a 10% bonus on top yearly plus stock options. Not bad. Good to be among the working again. The consulting side was nice when it hit big, but when it didn’t hit it sucked. So now to brush up on my regex skills. I’m going to need them.

Had a great fried cabbage, onion and bacon dish! I love it. Used the red cabbage and I like it much better than the green. The green tends to go a lot more limp than the red. And I like things with a little bite to them.

Otherwise all is good here at casa Truthspew.

Medical: Cancer clusters in China

This is very interesting.

I’ve often said that the real reason we saw manufacturing flee from the United States had nothing to do with worker salaries but everything to do with workplace and environmental safety.

The article above sort of proves my point that the manufacturing capability of the U.S. flew east right after the 1970’s passage of the OSHA and EPA rules.

Someone even did a map of the cancer cases. It’s pretty damning evidence that the chemical discharge into water systems is causing MOST of this. One doctor in the article has practiced in the area for 43 years. Only in the last decade has he started seeing cancer cases.

It has been proven time and again that cancers are caused by mutations of the genetic material. And the genetic material can be mutated by chemical, radiation, etc.

Basically it boils down to corporate profit over peoples health.

The map is in Mandarin but it’s pretty clear what is going on.