Sunday, February 28, 2010
Three minutes of that kind of shaking has to feel like forever. To see so much destruction has to feel like the end of the world. Thousands of people are living outside, in tents, with no water or other essentials. Looting is massive right now and police are finding themselves protecting stores that have already been picked clean. Rescue efforts are being slowed by the fact that the police have to fend off the looters.
The death toll is climbing to horrific numbers....to 300 people from the earthquake with more unknown casualties from the tsunami. Previously I had reported that the tsunami had claimed in excess of 500 lives...I can no longer find the source article and so, retract that claim. Nonetheless....The number of people who simply don't know the status of their loved ones is heartbreaking to think about.
The nation is shattered but not broken. I know she can recover but she has lost alot. If you are inclined...send you prayers, thoughts, positive energy...whatever you have in you. Chile needs all the help she can get right now. If anyone knows of any good links to relief organizations then please post them in the comments below ...or if I come accross it I will update this post later on. Goodnight everyone.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
During the dark days and brooding over Maines loss of Marriage equality many highlighted Washington states win over Referendum 71 that would have taken away civil partnership rights from gay and lesbian couples. It was a tiny light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Also...and a bit off topic...came big wins out of the country in places like Argentina and Mexico City. Those wins allowed us to look ahead and think that maybe marriage equality would come to us in a permanent form someday. Even if we arent the ones to lead the way.
Recently the U.S. has taken a couple more baby steps forward.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I can't leave you guys high and dry. so for todays post I will offer something fun and light that made me laugh this morning when I found it on The Bilerico Project posted by Austen Crowder. It is not my intention to steal crowders thunder or copy his post .....even though I'm gonna do just that. These videos were drop dead funny and putting them up here is about all I can manage today.
"There she is!" is about a bunny that falls in love with a cat in a world where that kind of love is forbidden...and signs are posted everywhere to let people know how forbidden it is. I think all of us can sympathize with the theme even if Japanese animation is not you cup of tea.
View the videos below the fold because blogger still hasn't fixed the issue of breaking videos above the fold :(
Anyway...I hope you enjoy. The made me smile through the Dayquil haze :)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Aye Carumba this post is late! It has been a zoo of a day...filled with doctors appointments, school drama's, and yes....wild animals too...for real. Selena class actually had a live animal exhibit in class today!
Today I wanted to bring to your attention the song competition for the upcoming documentary "Right To Love: An American Family" featuring us, the Leffews. Voting as officially been open for a couple of days now and runs until March 1rst. The winner will have their song featured in the movie. Others might as well...but the winner is a shoe in. We are already up to five pages of submitted songs, thats unbelievable to me.
Now...being the host of the contest I can't influence by picking my favorites here, but I do get to vote....and so do you. If you are registered on GotSpot you actually get to vote twice! Once anonymously and then again if you log in with your GotSpot account! Creating the account is free.
To partipate please go to: http://www.gotspot.com/
We really need you help to get the right song for the film! And I promise...regular blogging will resume tommorow. Hopefully without conversations with the teacher about lunchtime food fights or jumping lemurs :)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Hello dear readers,
Today is my first day back after giving myself the ginsu treatment with a rusty razor blade. I'm still very much in healing mode and trying to take it light...but ...when you fall off the bike, you have to get right back on, so here I am.
Jen brought this article about two dad to my attention yesterday and it was a fantastic story that echoes our experience as two dads raising kids in an opposite sex world. The article, written by Efrem Seeger and titled "Everyone Has A Mother", tells the account of how the author and his husband answered a frank question from one of his sons playmates about his mother...and more specifically...where is she? Because everyone has a mother right?
Friday, February 12, 2010
I just wanted to explain why regular blogging has been suspended.
Yesterday I injured my hand with a razor blade and had to go to the emergency room....fun times that was../sarcasm.
Jay and I undertook a project to replace the plumbing in most of the house because it hadn't been done since the 50's. All the pipes where corroding and leaks were so everywhere. This job has gone from bad to worse. From trying to make new standardised materials fit in a home that was built when none of those standards exsisted....to slicing open my fingers while cutting tile board. I dam near cut off the end of one of them. And to top it off they couldn't gat my hand to numb with the anesthetic, even after repeated injections...so instead of stitches, the wound got glued shut.
Anyway...typing this has been an adventure in itself. I hope to resume normal blogging as soon as my digits arent so tender.
sorry everyone :(
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Its been awhile since I've done anything like a movie review so I think its due. Yesterday Jay and I were lamenting the lack of good t.v. shows to watch so we dipped into our netflix stash. Now Jay has a bit of a standards problem when it comes to movies...and especially movies with gay content. If it self labels as gay, he gets it. This has exposed us to some real awful movies...but also some real hidden treasures. It turns out that Jays movie addiction can occasionally be a good thing. It was under these circumstances that we discovered "Wrangler, Anatomy Of An Icon".
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
You may ask...Wasn't Lt. Choi already discharged? I had thought so. Apparently, he was served with the discharge papers but was given the option to fight it in court. The details of which have been all over the news in the past year. However, during this time, Lt. Choi has been very vocal, and very visable in his advocacy for a DADT repeal. You could him speaking at any big gay event he had time to squeeze onto his schedule. This falls Equality march had Lt. Choi giving a rousing speach in uniform as well as placing a wreath at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier in the name of all gay servicemen and women. He has been at an unimaginable number of pride events and more than a few fundraising dinners....all of this in addition to television interviews. You can't think of DADT now without thinking of Lt. Choi., such has been the magnitude of his visibility on the issue.
Monday, February 8, 2010
More often than I care to these days , while musing about the status of the struggle for gay rights I ask myself..."Whats Next if it all goes south?" What happens when ballot initiatives ban our ability to marry the ones we love in all but a couple of states? What happens if the Federal Supreme Court rules that upholding those bans is constitutional? What happens if we never see an employment protection act or a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal? What do we do if it all goes to hell in a handbasket and LGBT citizens become official second class citizens with our status as such codified by law?
If you listen to the rumblings of teabaggers (who's name always makes me snicker) then you would be lead to believe that the people of America are headed for eminent revolution. But how real is their saber rattling?...Who knows...but That brings us the essence of this thread. How far is too far to be pushed? And what will we do if we get to that point? Is it when we are forced to come to the realization that lawmakers are never going to fight for us out of their own good will ...or that theoretical day when police are again regularly raiding gay bars, Handcuffing us to telephone polls, and printing our pictures in the paper to shame us?
Well...GLBT students at John Carrol University, in Cleveland found their line in the sand. Angered over the schools intentional decision to omit LGBT people from its anti-discrimination policies they decided it was their time to take action:
Saturday, February 6, 2010
A crime has been commited....indoctrinating young minds about sexuality.
We have a suspect...PFOX (The Parents and Friends of Exgays and Gays)
We have the motive...Anti-LGBT bias and self hatred.
And we have the murder weapon....a smoking gun in the form of pamplets supporting reparative therapy being distributed to high school kids.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Some of the most influential testimony on the subject has been from Chairman of the Joint Chief's of Staff, Mike Mullen......and oddly enough...He blogged about the subject.. Who knew Admirals where that in touch with modern trends?...or more likely, that they employed staffers who are. Here are his thoughts on the matter:
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Space...the final frontier..these are the voyages of the starship Enterprise....it's five year mission...to explore, strange new worlds...to seek out, new life and new civilizations...to boldly go where no man has gone.....wait a minute!...
Kirk: Is that a trail of glitter on the view screen? How did that get out in space?
Chekov: It appears to be the warp signature of an alien wessel captain.
Kirk: Uhura!...have we been hailed?
Uhura: I havent recieved anything captain...but all communication with starfleet has been cut off...all I can get is loud dance music.
Kirk: Spock...who redecorated the bridge? The lighting is incredible!...and when did we start serving mojito's?
Spock: I did not authorize any such improvements captain....It is highly illogical.
Kirk: ...and did our uniforms get tighter? I didn't think that was possible. My butt looks incredible but I can barely breath in this thing.....Spock!...Bones! whats going on?!
Mccoy: Dammit Jim!...I'm a doctor, not a fashion designer!
Spock: It is uncertain captain. It appears that we have been visted by a previously unknown alien culture.
Kirk: ....Mr. Sulu....What are you smirking at?....
Sulu:... Don't ask. Don't tell captain.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
The Presidents comments have conservatives and religious groups going all kinds of crazy right now. They havent figured out that the gay community isn't holding its breath for this as we have been let down by the Obama administration too many times, so they shouldn't either. But that hasn't occured to these people:
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