Month: July 2010

The Bigot Cavalcade Complains about their Treatment in Providence

This is just too much. Your civil rights? Look, nobody ever said that by exercising your civil rights you wouldn’t have to put up or shut up. But that’s the price of civil discourse.

But far be it for me to make any sense here. Just observe what the Bigot Cavalcade says about their time in Providence this past Sunday.

I posted a nice little comment on the video. I said:

I’m glad your Bigot Cavalcade got the welcome it so richly deserved. Stay the fuck out of our state. Nobody wants you here.

I mean seriously – stay out. You are losing the battle and you know it. That’s why you spin all of it to make yourselves look like the victims.

But we’ve been the victim of your falsehoods for long enough and is it any wonder we fought back this past Sunday?

The Bigot Cavalcade Rolls into Providence

So the bigots made it to Providence this afternoon. Thus far it’s been a wet bang for the National Organization for Marriage. They’ve maybe gotten 300 people among all the sites they’ve visited thus far. Proves my point that those in opposition to marriage equality are a vocal little minority.

Click the pictures because for some reason WP cuts off the right side.

Bigot Bus
Bigot Bus

The NOM crowd looks like about 80 to 85 people. Lots of elders there.

The Bigot Crowd
The Bigot Crowd

Just over to the right we see the ‘guard’

Van and Guard
Van and Guard

The Clown Car:

Clown Car
Clown Car

The opposition:

Opposition
Opposition

***UPDATE*** Apparently I got there way too early. The protesters were out in force. Sorry about that. I’ve asked someone else for permission to post photos of the pro marriage equality folks.

Here’s the photo. I found out they rallied on the north side of the state house. Mea culpa! Thanks to Joseph Siegel for the photo.

Pro Equality Protesters at NOM's July 18th Cavalcade of Bigotry
Pro Equality Protesters at NOM's July 18th Cavalcade of Bigotry

And of course Brian Brown at the National Organization for Marriage is spouting about how intolerant we are.

Bitch please, you deserve a punch in the face. Getting shouted at on the podium was nothing to cry about.

Pumpkin Face gets shouted at
Pumpkin Face gets shouted at

They’re claiming 250 people. I call bovine effluent! Look at the photos above and do a quick count. If they had 100 people they’d be stretching the truth greatly.

I’m told the pro-equality side had 175 people there. Good on you all!

NOM’s tour bus uses stock photos

In other words they aren’t actual families but a simulacrum thereof.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. The most fervent supporters of the National Organization for Marriage (There’s that oxymoron again!) are over the age of 65. Not only that, in this area they’re mostly Catholic.

Time and again it’s been shown that if you look at the 18 to 29 group, they are the most supportive of full and equal rights for LGBT people. In fact the only group that shows major opposition to such full and equal rights is those 65 and older.

I guess they’re of that age when they start thinking more about their mortality and how their view of the world should predominate. I call bullshit on that. Maybe it’s because I’m a rabid atheist, or because I’m gay and think that the so called ‘laws’ preventing me from the full measure of rights are ridiculous.

But I think the reason NOM is doing their ‘National’ tour is because great strides are being made in extending the full measure of rights to LGBT and the likes of Maggie “The Loathsome” Gallagher and Brian “Pumpkin Face” Brown can’t stand that their religious dogma is being ‘violated’.

The reason I single quoted the word ‘National’ is because it really isn’t a national tour by any stretch of a reasonable definition. It’s just to those states that are either on the tip of passing marriage equality, or in states where NOM has used it’s bigoted position to repeal marriage equality (Maine anyone?)

So my message to Mags and Brian – stick it where the sun don’t shine. And to Thomas Tobin, the bishop of RI, minister to your congregation instead of coming out to repress my equal rights.

Something New

Ok, so I like Gypsy Jazz. So a friend turned me on to Gogol Bordello. It’s sort of a Gypsy Jazz combined with Punk arrangement.

And my favorite tune:

The front man is one Eugene Hütz, a Ukrainian now residing in NYC. It’s sort of fun music. I can’t explain it, I like those classic eastern European instruments like the accordion, and even the violin has some great expressions when wielded by eastern Europeans.

And it doesn’t hurt that Hütz cites Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) as one of the inspirations for his music.

Ok, ok…

I just noted my blog stats have hockey sticked again. Looking at the top referrers Facebook pops up on top but I don’t have my blog linked there anymore. Weird.

And I note the main page for this blog is being hit from all over he U.S.

The blog stats have been spiking a lot lately. Has it finally hit its stride just when I don’t have as much time to post as I once did?

Summer for Marriage Tour Parody

<a href="http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2010/07/video-cartoony-tour-gets-similar-treatment.html&quot; title="NOM">NOM-Summer-Marriage-Tour

Ok, fixed the broken tag. Now I feel I should flesh this post out a bit. It turns out the Bigot Bus Tour will be here in Providence on Sunday July 18, 2010.

Speakers will include NOM big whigs and even Thomas Tobin the Catholic Bishop will be there. All my favorite bigots in one place. I’m beside myself with excitement.

It’s Political Polling Season!

And I get em’ all. I registered with groups like OFA, NOM, NRA, and local political groups that I support or whom I’d like to keep a closer eye on.

Got a survey call last night about a wide range of things but mostly about marriage equality. That was a good one. I even made the guy chuckle when he was doing the demographic portion where they ask if you’re black, white, native American. I answered Italian-American

The survey this evening was from NOM and the question “Do you think marriage should be only between a man and a woman”. I think you can guess my response. More galling, the fuckers are using a robo-dialer. My first answer was “Hell fucking no!” and the robot asked me to say either yes or no.

He interestingly enough, I walk downtown to get to the job and I pass by the local Starbucks. My state senator is a regular there and he always says hello as I pass by. That’s one of the things I absolutely love about RI. Everything is local.

Not to mention my city councilor, now candidate for Mayor, John Lombardi. If there’s something amiss I just send an email. He’s very good at responding too. Last one – RIPTA is the transit authority in the state. They have a hub in downtown Providence and the stop where the bus I take to work is disgusting. Cigarette butts, empty plastic bottles and other detritus line the fence between the stop and park behind it.

This is right on the eastern edge of the ward but I note after I sent the email it was cleaned up.

If there is a lesson in this let it be, reach out! Talk to your elected representatives be it about cleaning up an eye sore, or supporting full marriage equality. Let them know we’re out there.

And sometimes it rains

Today we went over to a friend of ours house to fix his computer. I should mention, fixing computers is no longer free, nor has it been for quite some time. Made a decision a couple of years back that people were willing to pay the likes of the bozos at Geek Squad to get their machine back in working order so they’d be paying me.

Anyhow we took the bus over there. RIPTA is fairly reliable these days, it’s such a pity that they go through the same budget crisis year after year because our esteemed representatives can’t figure out how to fund a public transit system. The latest is to hike the fare to $2 per way of a trip, and raise the monthly pass from $55 to $62 at the same time CUTTING service.

Most of their problem is fuel costs but that should be alleviated by the new hybrid buses they’ll be putting on the road soon. They get about double the mileage per gallon as a standard bus so logically they’ll use HALF the fuel. Not too bad. The other part of their problem is funding. It’s tied to the gas tax. Sell less gas as people drive less and RIPTA suffers at the very time they should be beefing up service. It’s a never ending cycle.

Anyhow the minute we got off the bus the sky opened up. We sheltered under trees for a few minutes but I knew that wouldn’t last. There was a bus shelter about 150 feet from our location and we ran to it.

I looked down and you could see the runoff from the parking lot behind the shelter had a pretty strong current to it. A quick mental math and I realized that if we didn’t stand on the bench we were going to get wetter than we already were.

Now as the water rose up I told Keyron that the storm drain was still working and sure enough you could see the little whirlpool being formed as it drained the water down. I wish I had taken video of that though, at first there was very little water in the street and the drain was keeping up. But then it got overwhelmed a bit.

The water receded enough in a half hour that we got out and made our way there. One thing you should know, I used to let things like that bother me, I don’t anymore. I laugh at it, it’s kind of funny when you think about it.

BTW, sorry I haven’t been posting much. The new job eats up a bit of time and the last thing I want to do is write after I’ve been banging code for a better part of the day.

You decide

So a friend has a copy of the DVD regarding the Blood Sacrifice for Fame.

Watched it but to be honest I have a query. If you die if you break the oath to the baphomet why the hell is this guy still alive? I mean, he obviously has inside knowledge and he’s disclosing it freely on youtube too.

I get the idea he’s just a delusional end times nut or he’s rational, sane and making money telling tall tales. You be the judge.

My money is on delusional end times nut.

Facing the Future as a Media Felon on the Gulf Coast

Obama as Commander in Chief needs to step the hell up and stop this insanity. To me this is unbelievable to me, that a corporation can claim extraordinary rights If that is so, we as flesh and blood human beings should be able to do the same exact thing.

It’s time we reject the notion that large corporations (and even small ones) have the same rights as flesh and blood humans.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost