Month: June 2012

NOM: THe Big Mo

This is priceless. The folks at NOM step in it all the time, last time it was including the M4M phrase in a domain address. But now we have (warning, links directly to NOM):

I’m curious why Brian Brown would publish such a thing? But once again, NOM does we LGBT folks  a little solid.


{Sarcasm Mode On}Try this with your iPhone

So I noted the OEM battery in my Samsung SCH-R910 Indulge was suffering from short standby time, and being it was only a 1,500mah battery I thought I’d poke around. Found a 2,800mah with adapter cover for the phone for $23. And I’m happy to say it completed charging at 3:30PM and 7 hours later the battery indicator has barely moved.

So I’m going to stress test it. I’ll see how it lasts if I turn background data on. That was usually enough to reduce the OEM battery to 40 minutes.

President Obama issues LGBT Proclamation

I received this at Netroots Nation during the LGBT Caucus.  I know I’m a little late posting this but I finally got out the scanner and captured a digital image of it.


President Obama's LGBT Pride Proclamation 2012

This is remarkable to me because this is the first time in my life I ever remember a sitting President issuing such a proclamation. Thank you President Obama.


Minnesota Marriage Minute: They just don’t get it

“The government shall make no law respecting establishment of religion,  or prohibiting the free exercise of religion”. That’s part of the first amendment.

Same sex marriage doesn’t impact them at all. Hell, if I had my way when the bigots come out to testify there would be a paddy wagon waiting to take them away. But seriously, you have every right to spout your religious bovine effluent, and I have every right to shut you down with your own Biblical verses.


At a minimum Kalley Yanta and her ilk are guilty of violating:

Exodus 20:16 – Thou shall not bear false witness against they neighbor

Exodus 23:1 – Value the truth, do not lie

Deuteronomy 10:19 – Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

And finally one not in the Bible – people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!

And I still find it highly suspect that Minnesota for Marriage doesn’t allow comments on their YouTube videos, nor do they allow ratings. Even on their main web site there is NO CONTACT info. However here’s the info from their domain registration:

Administrative Contact:
      Helmberger, John M.
      Minnesota for Marriage
      2355 Fairview Ave N
      Box 301
      Roseville, Minnesota 55113
      United States

Note they use  a generic email. You can try variants on the standard dot and underscore E.g., or, or they may just go with first name, or first initial plus last name. Those are the STANDARD email address formats.

As it stands, only twenty five people have viewed the above video. So their message doesn’t appear to be resonating.

T0 my LGBT brothers and sisters in Minnesota, some of whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Netroots Nation here in Providence, keep up the fight! Don’t let the bigots get you down!

Economic improvement: Hike the minimum wage

I saw the below:MinWage
I’ve said it on Facebook, twitter, here my solution to our economic woes:

1) Raise the minimum wage. Double it. RI for example wants to kick it’s minimum wage to $7.75 an hour. Doubled that would be $15.50 an hour. And while I’m at it, make the Federal minimum wage follow the most populous states minimum wage. Take the average, mean, mode, whatever you want, but tie it all together.

And looking at the above, it would be a full $7.50 below that. As of 2009 there were 980,000 at the prevailing minimum wage, 2.6 million of you count those making less than minimum (wait staff, etc.). So I’ll say a million people. Let’s also assume these are part time jobs at 20 hours a week. By hiking to $15.50 it means $310,000,000 as opposed to $155,000,000 – that’s more money injected into the local economy. Now if it were $23 an hour, it would mean $460,000,000 into the economy. It only gets better.



RI Tax on Cabs Taxis and other revenue measures

I’m somewhat befuddled by the opposition to apply sales tax to taxi cabs, pet grooming and on clothing above $250. I’m a little unclear on that last, is it total sale over $250 or item price of $250 or more. I’ll have to ask the chair of the Finance committee.

But the taxi tax – here’s where my befuddlement arises:

When you rent a car, be it through Avis, Budget, Enterprise, ZipCar etc. you pay not only the 7% RI Sales Tax, and a rental surcharge of about 6%. So applying the 7% to taxis makes sense to me.

Of course I’d more support those taxes if they were used for the good of the public, but honestly it’s just going into the Rhode Island General Fund.

What I’d like to see the tax applied to is R&D into advanced energy storage. You know what I’m talking about here; the electric car with a 500 mile range and 15 minute recharge time, that’s what I want to see.

I was watching a video earlier from the Austalian Broadcasting Company’s Q&A Program (qanda). They had Richard Dawkins vs. Cardinal George Pell. Pell said something interesting – he says he’s not in the camp that global warming is man made.

I beg to differ with the Cardinal – multiply the millions of vehicles all over the world that burn gasoline and diesel and multiply miles traveled by times the amount of exhaust gas that contains CO2, benzene, and a number of byproducts of combustion. And that’s all getting pumped into the atmosphere.

So if we applied the tax in every state and applied it to r&d, we’d improve the environment and improve foreign relations. A twofer!

Ray Bradbury dead at age 91

Seems another Sci-Fi great, Ray Bradbury has passed away at age 91. He wrote The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and numerous short stories.

And the Martian Chronicles got turned into a huge production. Entertaining read, that’s for sure. All the great Sci-Fi writers are dead now.

Oh well, I guess it had to be.