Month: December 2013

Books: Giovanni’s Room

Just completed the book. Pretty angst ridden book. My goodness, David can’t really acknowledge his being in love with Giovanni until the very end of the book.

First of all let me state loud and clear, David is a coward. He brings to light the love that dare not speak it’s name and such. I suppose back then you couldn’t get away with being that open about being gay.

Bigots in Utah just can’t catch a break

Now the tenth circuit appellate court has denied a stay on appeal. I wonder when we’re going to hear the next temper tantrum from Brian Brown?

Of course the State aka the Bigots want this considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sonya Sotomayor handles these things for the tenth district and has the option to decide the stay herself, or to refer it to en bank.

Now knowing about Justice Sotomayor – I strongly suspect she will decided the stay herself and probably deny the stay. She’s from New York, the actual city. And I’ve seen her speeches etc. and she doesn’t strike me as a conservative justice at all.

So the bigots – I  predict that not only will they be denied a stay at the highest court – but that they will lose at the appellate level. And if the Supreme Court decides to hear the case – they likely will lose there too.

TMI Thursday Again, only two days late: Call Me

CALL ME

  • Do you still have a land line?
    • I’d been using Vonage for some time until the fees which are essentially money grabs really irked me. And by this point more calls go to my Google Voice than anything. I can point it to whatever I wish. So when the cable company came around offering cheapo voip – I took it. Don’t use it other than when the cell service goes belly up for some reason.
  • Which cell phone do you use and why?
    • It’s a Samsung SCH-R910 aka Indulge. It’s a couple years old but it has the extended battery which I really like.
  • Which provider do you use? Is there really a difference?
    • MetroPCS which is essentially T-Mobile now. Which is kind of funny since my first cell phone was with OmniPoint which became VoiceStream then got bought by T-Mobile. Now T-Mobile bought MetroPCS. Which is odd because I still have a $54 credit with T-Mobile proper.
  • If you call someone and they don’t pick up, do you leave a message?
    • Depends on if I really need to reach them.
  • When you have a missed call (with no message), do you call the person back?
    • Yes I have.
  • Do you txt willingly or reluctantly? How are your skills?
    • I love Swype and voice type. So yeah, big on texting.
  • Has your cell replaced your camera?
    • Yes it has.  Photos still get uploaded to Flickr and Facebook.
  • Selfies….
    • Not really big on them for some reason.
  • How many apps do you have? Which is your favorite and why?
    • I’ve got a ton of apps on the phone. Just counted – 75 apps
    • Favorites are the Bar Code Scanner, DuoLingo, WordPress, Google Authenticator, EchoLink, Zipcar and ElectroDroid.
  • What would life be like with no cell/smart phone for one month?
    • Very strange. I’ve come to depend on the networking and features of the phone.

BONUS

  • How much has your cell phone become a part of your sex life?
    • Occasional photo exchanges with my SO.
  • Sexting
    • Not really – I prefer the real thing.
  • hookup apps
    • None.
  • selfies
    • Hardly any.
  • video
    • Yes of course, but not what you think. Instead I get politicians on video making idiotic statements. It’s more fun that way.
  • GPS
    • If it only worked 100% yes.
  • more?
    • What more could you want?

Utah Too – Marriage equality

Yes indeed – a Disctrict court in Utah struck down the state’s ban on same sex marriage. This is fantastic news.

Utah and New Mexico both sit in the 10th Appelate district which includes Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. So an appeal could if properly presented and ruled upon extend equality out to a whole bunch more states.

A Ham’s Night Before Christmas

Two things you’ve likely gleaned about me from this blog is a) I’m a ham aka amateur radio licensee and b) I’m an atheist. But I still sort of celebrate the holiday. Hey, gotta have SOME traditions.

Anyhow this vid is pretty cool.

Yes I do hold an extra class license – and I had to do the 20WPM morse code to get mine not like today where it’s theory only. But I do love my HT’s. I’ve got two; a Yaesu VX-7r that covers the 6m, 2m, 1.25m, and 70cm bands and a KST V6 1.25m 5W HT. The latter is little, only does 1.25m – the VX-7r does too but it’s output is limited to 300mW because of spectral purity issues with the power amplifier in the radio.

Brian Brown whines about the Judicial Victory in New Mexico

I’ll quote it all here:

“Once again activist judges have thrown out the historic legal understanding of marriage in New Mexico.” — Brian Brown, NOM president —

 

Washington, D.C. — Reacting to today’s ruling of the New Mexico Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional current state marriage laws limiting marriage to the union of one man and one woman, the National Organization for Marriage (http://www.nationformarriage.org) (NOM) released a statement condemning the ruling and calling for a federal law to prevent further radical attacks on marriage nationwide.

“Today’s opinion by the New Mexico Supreme Court is disappointing but not surprising. These are the same justices that demanded in an earlier ruling that Christians be the ones to compromise and deny their faith, in the case of Elane Photography. Once again, activists judges have thrown out the historic legal understanding of marriage in New Mexico,” stated Brian Brown, NOM president. “This is a continuation of a very dangerous rush towards silencing people of faith who simply believe marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. The National Organization for Marriage will do everything in its power to protect believers of true marriage in New Mexico and around the nation from the fallout of radical judges who deny the truth of marriage.”

Brown said that the decision underscores the need for Congress to pass a federal Marriage Protection Amendment. He said that without such an enactment, activist judges around the nation will continue to act unilaterally to redefine marriage, and Brown warned of threats to religious freedom and other first amendment rights which he said always follows in the wake of such decisions.

A federal Marriage Protection Amendment has been proposed by Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, and enjoys support from NOM and many other allied organizations.

 Note the keywords – ‘activist’ judges, legal understanding, etc. First of all Brown isn’t an attorney and thus has no knowledge of how the law works. The law, believe it or not does sort of value logic. And the arguments to call for a Federal law – well they tried that if you recall and it was recently found unconstitutional.

But the part of his whine that irks me most is the contention that these are ‘radical’ attacks on marriage? Really, expanding the privilege is radical?

 
 And I don’t know if anyone else can spot the idiocy in this quote:
“This is a continuation of a very dangerous rush towards silencing people of faith who simply believe marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. The National Organization for Marriage will do everything in its power to protect believers of true marriage in New Mexico and around the nation from the fallout of radical judges who deny the truth of marriage.”

Funny Brian, it hasn’t silenced you.

This is what terrifies the Religious Bigots

Go read this – where students at a Catholic school in Washington State walked out to protest the firing of vice principal that was gay and married to a man.

But as I read the article it hit me – this is what terrifies the religious bigots. Their arguments against the LGBT community, against marriage equality has only now begun failing to move people. It’s because it’s the same message ad infinitum, over and over again. We all know the verses in Leviticus, Romans etc. There’s been no movement in the message from the Catholic Church for years. Of course they still have what I call their little credibility problem, what with protecting priests who abused kids and then lying about it. That’s not good.

But I find it interesting that the Catholic church can cherry pick the way it has. I mean they cherry pick on slavery, polygamy, and a host of other things one will find in the biblical texts. Why can’t they pass on the whole LGBT thing. I recall something said to me in my youth, it’s rather coarse but you attract more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. The Catholic Church hierarchy could learn something from that.

So I’m delighted to see the kids at the Eastside Catholic School walking the walk. I would imagine the Bishop in Seattle must have his undergarments in a bunch over this. Good! I’m all for a good routing of the soul in their case. Their dogmatic evangelism didn’t work. And trying to repeal John XXIII’s Vatican II reforms will cost them dearly.