Month: January 2011

NOM’s RI Ad: Dead wrong as usual

Watch the ad and then I’ll pick it apart.

I note NOM has blocked me from commenting on their YouTube videos. A pity so now I’ll just call them out on the blog, and email them to Maggie Gallagher.

Ok, here’s the pick-apart:

NOM is playing apples to oranges here. Not only are they comparing the gubernatorial race to the lieutenant gubernatorial race, but they completely discount one little fact when they say Governor Chafee doesn’t have a mandate.


There were SEVEN candidates for governor. So NOM had more than enough opportunity to field candidates, I don’t know why they are crying about this now. And as to the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Elizabeth Roberts won re-election by 54.5%.

NOM is dead wrong. Even their assertion that 80% of RI’ers want this on the ballot. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I got the survey call on this performed by Quest Research. They’re a local polling company. It’s a company that still uses an @verizon.net email address, how much more fly-by-night could you get when it’s $5 to $6 a month to host your own domain. The owner is a man by the name of Victor Profughi. Mr. Profughi holds a Phd in political science.

Anyhow here’s some interesting reading about the studies (Multiples) conducted by Profughi and Quest Research:

It turns out that the polls in question were commissioned by NOM-RI, the group opposing same-sex marriage. Christopher C. Plante, the group’s executive director, said there were three surveys done by Quest Research, which is based in Rhode Island.

I joked that the 80 was a transposition error. But the questions are in fact loaded to the gills. A loaded question leads the respondent to answer in the way in which the pollster wants them to answer.

Most people are dumb-fuck ignorant about what it takes to get a question on the ballot here in RI. We don’t have citizen initiative here which I consider a blessing as we’ve seen the idiocy of the citizen initiative process in both California and New Hampshire.

But the smoking gun is who sponsored the surveys. It was Christopher Plante of NOM that did so. Now if Profughi and Co. had just gone out and surveyed for the hell of it, they’d probably do a sample size a little more than 400 people. But that’s all that answered the ‘survey’. I think they made some extrapolation errors too. I also believe that of the 400, about 399 came from NOM’s mailing list in the state.

So NOM is totally off base with this ad. But do contact the Governors office at 401-222-2080, the Speaker’s office at 401-222-2447 (He shares this line with Majority Leader Matiello.) and the Senate President’s office at 401-222-6655. You can also email the Speaker as rep-fox@rilin.state.ri.us and the Senate President at sen-paivaweed@rilin.state.ri.us

Let them know that as usual, NOM is full of shit.

The Alleged Moral Superiority of the Religious

So a Facebook friend posted the following:

From Focus on the Family’s talking points on Marriage:

– Marriage provides important benefits to society that no other institution can. Marriage:
– Regulates sexuality. Marriage establishes sexual guardrails, which remain a requirement for all successful societies.

To which I responded:

I’m just curious what a sexual guardrail is? Is it one where you’ll be fucked if you run into it?

Then this person by the name of Chaplain John Amaral says:

Tony it is good that you can respond ………is it necessary to use that king of language……..

Now I’m all “WTF?” Here is the rest of the thread:

Tony: Yes it’ necessary. Look, I don’t care if it offends you, I’m going to say what I wanted to say.

Chaplain John Amaral: you live in a free country ……language shows character and how vain a person is….so you are free ……use it…so don not let me stop you from using your wisdom …………

Tony: Oh please, you know where you can stuff the vanity right? And trying to be cutesy with that wisdom thing. Come off it. Take your sidekick God and have a nice day.

Notice the air of moral superiority in the Chaplain’s last response. And then the condescension with that last bit about wisdom.

I couldn’t resist telling him where he could stuff it.

I really, really, really hate when someone with a religious title tries to belittle me for stating it how it is. Irks me to no end. Hence this blog post.

Astronomical Point

You may have looked up at the southern sky recently and at around 5PM or so noticed the moon and immediately to the left or below it a rather bright looking star.

It isn’t a star. The bright thing is Jupiter.

Which reminds me of the Earth Wind & Fire song by the same name.

Searching in the sky one night, while looking for the moon
I viewed a mighty light approching in a zoom
Need was there to tell someone of my discovery
Fifteen seconds later, a light appeared in front of me
To my surprise, there stood a man with age and mystery
His name was jupiter and came to visit me

The name is jupiter, from the galaxy
I came to meet you, to make you free
Deliver to you a flower from
A distant planet, from where I come

Keep your eye on jupiter, such beauty in the sky
We will wait for your return in the by & by
Keep your eye on jupiter, memories we shall fulfill
Just to view a brighter day, and do a righteous will

Watching and considering my visual state of mind
The flower fragrance help reveal to me the sign
The sigh of love, I had confessed to live and really know
The sign of love which I had failed my fellowman to show

The name is jupiter, from the galaxy
I came to meet you, to make you free
Deliver to you a flower from
A distant planet, from where I come

The name is jupiter, from the galaxy
I came to meet you, to make you free
Deliver to you a flower from
A distant planet, from where I come

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It has come to my attention that several comments on the thread regarding you know who were all from the same IP address located in Westport, MA.

One of the people who sent me the story of their leaving Queer Action is also in Westport. I think there’s a strong correlation that leads me to believe that commenter Susan Heroux is not actually the real Susan Heroux.

I did have a conversation with you know who this evening. I explained that I don’t necessarily hate her but she and her actions did irritate me to some degree. Very pleasant conversation actually, not confrontational at all. I was all ready for a battle royale and was surprised.

I’m leery about all of it. So from this point forward there will be no mention of the matter on this blog. I’ve turned comments off on the other threads.

I’m not doing an act of contrition here but there’s just a little bit of doubt in my head right now about who’s telling the truth and who’s telling fibs. So the best course of action is to get it out here and now and be done with it.

And if WordPress deems to suspend this blog again, I will retain legal counsel.

Yet Another Former Queer Action Member Contacts Me

The story gets more interesting as the days go by. At first I thought it was just myself and one other party who caught the misplaced wrath of Heather Curley but yet another situation has now presented itself. The author of the email has given me full permission to post his non-redacted message and image so I’ll do so without haste.

I read you current blog concerning Heather Curley of the former Queer Action of RI. I am currently on of the members who was ousted by Ms. Curley after I discovered a sign she had made which contained anti-gay rhetoric. When I confronted her, she ousted me from the group and publicly slandered my name. She then has emailed various members of the gay community and other individuals telling them that “Queer Action had to part ways because (I) am a convicted felon with a long rap sheet.” I was arrested once, over a year ago and the case dismissed, because the police department made up evidence and arrested me because I was one of the few openly gay police officer’s in my area.

With that said, I have attached a photo of Mr. Curley emailing members of the community and concerning my personal life. She has gone far and above, even commenting member’s parent’s.

I attached the picture of a screen shot of her email. I redacted last name’s and identifying names. I don’t know if this interests you, but I saw your youtube video concerning Ms. Curley and your recent blog post.

Yes that’s right, the individual in question is a former police officer. Curley keeps dancing around people who could cause her some serious harm to her reputation . I know her field of work and that field interacts with police on occasion. It wouldn’t be cute if the local ORI’s in the state knew about what she was doing.

Here’s his image capture from Curley’s FB statements:

Curley Facebook Post
Curley Facebook Post

Her M.O. appears to be character assassination. Isn’t that special. I hope she knows she can get in trouble for the things she’s posting, both on facebook and posting around the area.

Keep watching because I have a feeling I’m going to get an avalanche of former Queer Action participants who have stories about Ms. Curley.

Tea Party (Expanded: Republicans, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and the Tea Baggers) have blood on their hands

As details emerge over the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords I’m astounded by other details of the case.

Let me express my fondest hope that Rep. Giffords makes a full recovery and carries on in congress.

Some more astounding facts from the case raise my hope that we can turn this into a progressive cause to get the U.S. on the right track again.

Here are the relevant items:

1) Federal District Court Chief Judge John Roll was killed.
2) The shooter: Multiple law-enforcement sources say police were questioning Jared Loughner, a 22-year-old Tucson man whose online writings and videos are filled with anti-government messages and rambling rants about mind control and brainwashing.
3) The young girl, Christina Taylor Green was born on 9/11/2001.
4) Allegedly law enforcement knew about Loughner.

Take your pick, the Democratic party could dispose of both the Tea Baggers and the Republicans with numbers 1 & 3.

Anyhow I made this YouTube video calling out the people above for fanning the flames:

This is a comment I got on the video from a user by the name of goodguy309:

and you’re a ODF One dumb f2#K

ODF = One Dumb Fuck, notice how goodguy309 can’t bring himself to spell out the word ‘fuck’? I note when you call out a Tea Bagger (Another user on Facebook was highly offended of my use of the term Tea Bagger, until I had to explain that it is what they called THEMSELVES early on.

But my point, Palin, Beck, and all the other talking heads have been fanning the flames ever since Obama got elected. And we’re starting to see the more unhinged members of the groups act out, in this case taking several lives and seriously injuring Congresswoman Giffords. And by association this goes right to the Republican party, the Tea Party and everything in between. They’re pissed that a black man was elected as President and they’re venting their anger in a violent way.

We live in very interesting times. There is also a meme on Facebook asking to list all the conservatives shot and/or killed by liberals and it’s a mighty small, non-existent list.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind seeing the likes of the talking heads all in a bus that is driving off a cliff. And I’d like to feed Justice Scalia that one canolli that will set off a serious cardiac infarction.

But Jared Lee Loughner is a wingnut. No doubt about it, I perused his YouTube and MySpace channels and I won’t even mirror it here. I just bet he’s a Fox news viewer or a Rush Limbaugh listener.

We need to stamp out conservatism. I know that’s a goal that can never be reached because medical science is coming to the conclusion that conservatives are brain damaged.

Interesting tidbit on Facebook regarding the Queer Action Debacle of a few months ago

If you have been following this blog you may recall that months back, around last April or so there was a big hornets nest stirred up because I’d criticized something posted by Queer Action Rhode Island on Facebook.

Recently I was invited by a friend to “LIKE” Queer Action. My response was to post this on my status:

I refuse to like Queer Action. I watched their tactics, watched them take credit for things they didn’t start, watched them dismantle another group. Why the hell would I want to LIKE them?

I was contacted by a former member of Queer Action and what that person told me was interesting. I’ll excerpt here:

I was once a member of Queer Action and have delt with Heather Curleys lovely punishments ( for no reason.) I remember her talking about you and expressing her “dislike” for you.

This tells me that I should have a mole inside Queer Action. Audio recording might be nice but then I already can imagine what Curley is saying about me.

Apparently I’ve stuck in Ms. Curley’s craw somewhat. Good. I’m glad she remembers me. I’m so glad I’m still causing her so much grief nearly nine months later.

Then the following quote. One thing I hadn’t mentioned much in prior posts was because someone had created a Facebook profile in my name and posted a horrid screed against the leadership of Queer Action of RI. It was really right from the gutter. Well, the members of Queer Action who confronted me didn’t want to believe that I was the recipient of a smear campaign.

Read on:

Yeah heather actually did the same to me. She made a fake profile of someone and was attacking a group page I manage, {REDACTED}. Then Monday she pretty much down graded my {REDACTED} in front of new members and said … was poisonous and that she wanted to “vote” on his/her membership. I mean it’s a grassroots organization, there is no such thing! She’s (Curley) been going on this massive destructive power trip. Actually my SO trade marked the name so people could be safe in the group and Curley wouldn’t be able to “vote” them out. We shouldn’t have to worry about that or even be dealing with the things we are getting now. She’s (Curley) going to different groups exploiting us and Other members. It’s all ridiculous and immature.

So it appears that I’m not the ONLY one who Curley has done this to, as she’s now repeated the same behavior with another person.

With that note I’d like to thank that person on Facebook who told me all this. I knew that eventually the truth would come out in this matter and that it was Curley the whole time.

Why Cox Internet Services are really starting to suck

I sent the following message to Cox support. I’m just dying to see if I get a response.

I am very dismayed with Cox for several reasons which I shall elaborate below:

1) DNS service frequently goes belly up. Unfortunately I notice this as I use DNS for several different purposes and when certain applications start to complain, DNS is the first point of failure on the Cox network.

2) Bandwidth – I realize that coaxial net service is shared bandwidth and as such the speeds you promise aren’t real world. But for years the cost of that connection has risen, but performance has decreased over time.

3) Customer Service – don’t even try to suggest to me that because my modem is 4 years old that maybe it’s the problem. It’s in essence an RF device and as both a licensed amateur radio operator, and as a holder of a commercial radiotelephone license, I have RF devices that are FAR more than 4 years old yet still function perfectly. They may be able to shove bovine excrement at some people but not me.

4) Related to the above, your tier 1 people need to be better trained other than to follow a script. Scripts are highly offensive to those of us in the I.T. and InfoSec fields.

I won’t necessarily go over to Verizon but I am thinking about giving Clear Wireless a shot.

New Hybrid RIPTA Vehicles (And can we please clear bus shelters of snow?)

So I finally got the chance to ride one. Underneath it all is a Gillig chassis. The difference between the hybrid trolleys and the hybrid buses is significant but the underpinning is all the same.

They use the battery pack for several miles and then a smaller diesel engine kicks in to provide electrical power to drive the bus/trolley and to recharge the battery pack. It’s the same methodology used in trains except the trains don’t use a battery pack. Both the bus and trolley use regenerative braking too. When the brake are applied the motor driving the wheels becomes a generator and sends power into the battery pack.

Ok, key differences between the bus and trolley. The bus looks like a double humped camel, a very sleek double humped camel.

The trolley has the typical trolley double shelf on top. But the difference is the LED’s. Both levels on the trolley roof are ringed with LED’s and they look SPECTACULAR at night.

New Gillig Trolley and Bus
New Gillig Trolley and Bus

The trolleys obviously have the red/green/gold trim but inside they’re interesting too. The seat frames are off-white, other bases tend toward a tan color and the seat padding is red with white accent. All the poles and fittings are brass and the signal cords are jute.

But the main ‘feature’ is how quiet they are compared to the old trolleys. You can actually hold a conversation without shouting. All you hear is a very low volume rumble of the diesel platform and the whine of the electric motor when the driver accelerate but even those aren’t bad. I liken the whine to that of a power steering pump on the old recirculating ball systems, except a bit throatier and significantly reduced in volume.

Next time I ride one I’ll do an audio recording to let you hear it for yourself.

But the biggest benefit of these hybrid buses is that they get twice the mileage per gallon as a regular bus. This will halve RIPTA’s fuel budget. That will be so good for RIPTA as they can focus on things like expanding service with the money saved.

Now another ding against RIPTA or more accurate LAMAR advertising which is responsible for all the RIPTA bus shelters.

This is the shelter on Washington St. in downtown Providence.

RIPTA Bus Shelter on Washington St in Providence
RIPTA Bus Shelter on Washington St in Providence

Here is one that really irks me. It’s across Burnside park from RIPTA’s Kennedy Plaza hub.

Exchange Terrace Bus Shelter
Exchange Terrace Bus Shelter

I’m sending this post to both RIPTA and LAMAR. See if I get a response.

Thoughts on Snow

So it finally snowed during a visit to northeastern North Carolina this year.

Lets put it this way, 7″ of snow basically paralyzes North Carolina. It is literally the White Death from the Sky! You don’t go anywhere because people down there don’t know how to drive in snow. Here’s what I’m talking about:

NC Snow
NC Snow

And here in RI we got 14″ of the crap and all that’s left is this:

Snow remains in Providence
Snow remains in Providence

While in North Carolina that 7″ is almost completely gone.

I hate snow. But I do know how to handle it.