He weighed barely eight pounds, like his brother, and he was a chatty little white-and-black reverse tuxedo cat with bright green eyes. His meow was soft and sweet and often combined with little purrs and trills, like his brother, and they sounded like the title characters in "The Gremlins". He was not a kisser or licker, but when he liked you he'd climb up on whatever furniture you were perched on and butt his head against your head, or curl up at your side, or (if you were working at your computer) climb into your lap, and then he'd purr. And if you petted him or scratched under his chin in just the right spot he'd drool. His fur was soft and had a nice cat smell, and he left it everywhere (seriously, these cats never stop shedding), and the furballs sometimes got away from us and rolled around the living room like tumbleweeds across a desert highway.
These cats made sure the house was always filled with love. And now one of them is gone. I'm sorry to take a break from the politics, but sometimes you have to send out a tribute to something good and innocent and beautiful.
The Associated Press has released results of a nationwide telephone poll by The Associated Press and the National Constitution Center around the topic of same-sex marriage equality. Corporate media have latched onto a few numbers contained therein to talk about a "slim majority" favoring full marriage equality.
I look at this article and am a bit troubled by some of the stats it presents.
My thoughts (and some quotes from the article, which hopefully won't violate "fair use" rules here at DKos) after the "jump" squiggly thingie.
Just in from Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders:
Government Appeals GLAD’s Victory in DOMA Lawsuit
Just so we know where our "fierce advocate" and his Department of Justice stand on LGBTQ equality today....
Over the last, say, forty-six years or so, the United States has been under attack from a first-covert, now overt, right-wing campaign of scientific un-education of the American citizenry. Elements of anti-intellectualism existed in the 1950s as part of the reactionary Red Scare, but the 1960s counterculture served to balance that with a healthy does of mistrust of The Man and The Military. Still, the dumbing-down of the American people continued, and continues to this day, and it has been scarily effective.
While Congress fights over whether law-abiding LGBTQ citizens have the right to live and work without the fear of losing their jobs, their homes, etc. over their sexual orientation (which should be, last I checked, NO ONE'S BUSINESS but their own)-- in civilian and military life--, they still leave untouched the most blatant reminder that many people still think of us as less than human:
The Defense of Marriage Act. Thank you very much, Bill Clinton, you spineless would-be deflecter, you. Thank you for this cowardly pander to the most disgusting vermin who crawl the face of this earth: right-wing fundamentalist Christians, their fellow travelers and their enablers.
Would you like to know why DOMA has to go? Like, yesterday? Do you want to get some concrete data, the political made personal? Here's a couple of reasons why I continue fighting.
Air America is throwing in the towel.
The Monday to Friday morning drive is made much more pleasant thanks to the "Mensa meeting with fart jokes" that is the Stephanie Miller Show. As I avoided the bumper-car ride that our freeways became this rainy Wednesday, I found guest host Hal Sparks interviewing the Rev. Jim Wallis (as I recall, an occasional Kossack!) of Sojourners: Christians for Justice and Peace. Rev. Jim's organization is publicly calling for health care reform as a moral imperative, as exemplified by Jesus' ministry and admonitions to His followers.
As the show moved to commercial break, it struck me: Can that argument work in today's United States?
In a country where fundamentalism, libertarianism and objectivism have managed to combine in a horrible amalgam of selfishness, can "doing what is right and proper and morally just" fly?
John Aravosis, on his America Blog, has an inspired and impassioned rant regarding a remarkably stupid article by LA Times columnist Steve López.
You see, poor Margie Christoffersen, till recently a manager at the crappo faux-Mexican Hollywood hangout El Coyote, has had her life turned upside-down by those mean people who dared to point out that she donated to Yes on Proposition 8, as she was ordered to do by her church elders. You see, Margie's a Mormon and, even though she "loves teh Gayz", the thought that she might be voting to take away their civil rights means nothing in front of her duty to follow whatever the LDS Church tells her to do.
And López thinks we should feel sorry for the pathetic, simpering idiot. I'm going to side with Aravosis on this one.
FUCK MARGIE CHRISTOFFERSEN.
Since the political IS personal (and the personal IS political), I wanted to try and make the whole No on Prop 8 movement a bit more concrete for anyone who STILL thinks we're whining about our "rights" and we should be quiet at the back of the bus.
It must have been about five years ago. The flush of new love, the feeling in our hearts that this was The One, a good bottle of Frei Brothers Cabernet and our cats curled up in our laps, and the words slipped out:
"Will you marry me if it becomes legal?"
"How about the civil union/domestic partnership thing in the meantime?"
We didn't get around to the second option. Life got in the way (ill parents, sister dying of cancer, work, friends' drama). And then, the California Supreme Court decided. Same-sex marriage was already a constitutionally protected right, and the laws preventing us from marrying were vacated. Within five minutes of the story hitting Yahoo!, I called my partner and proposed again. And the answer was Yes!
And the clock was ticking.
The issue came up in a phone call my partner got from his mother while I was washing cups in the bathroom sink (no kitchen at the moment-- ahh, home renovations!).
"Oh, do I have something to discuss with you!" he said. Something in the tone of his voice told me he would dread bringing this up with me.
"What did I do?!" I asked.
"Oh, YOU didn't do anything...."
Marriage Equality arrived in California as of 5:01 PM yesterday, June 16, 2008. Historical civil ceremonies are going on up and down the state, with happy couples exchanging simple vows to share their lives and take care of each other.
Sinister forces, some from within the state, most from outside, are backing a ballot initiative to have Californians vote to take the right of marriage away from those who just received it. Of course, those of us who understand that human rights cannot be withdrawn once bestowed-- once the basic humanity of someone is recognized, it cannot be un-recognized-- are fighting tooth and nail to defeat these religious nutjob jerks.
And gays and lesbians are now rushing to beat that November 4 deadline and get married, just in case.