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Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 10:14 AM PDT

The Scalia Song

by lostboyjim

I just realized my last couple diaries have been brief links to great videos.  So be it.  You know you want to watch this:

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This is art.  It's beautiful.  It's amazing.  Just watch it.

"TO THIS DAY", by Shane Koyczan.  It's 7 minutes.  Watch one minute of it and then turn it off if you can.

 

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I can't believe I'm going to link to a MSN.com poll, but it's a poll on Gays in Scouting, and currently the "Neither should be allowed" are ahead by 9%.  It hurts my heart.

So go vote.  

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From the, "are you kidding me?" file (via the Dallas Voice):

A Republican state representative ... wants to cut funding for school districts in Texas that offer benefits to the domestic partners of employees.
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“Our tax-dollars are for educating kids, not for enacting policies that attempt to get the state to recognize homosexual relationships,” Springer said in a release. “To think Pflugerville has sued the state for more funding, while at the same time bankrolling a lifestyle most Texans do not agree with is quite disturbing to me.”
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Here's a stupid poll to freep at the Tennessean.  Yeah, I know they're a dime a dozen but for some reason asking this in the "liberal" Tennessee paper irked me.  

DAILY POLL: Do you think elementary and middle school teachers should be allowed to discuss homosexuality:

- Yes, kids need the guidance of a trusted adult.
- No, they're too immature for that kind of discussion.
- I don't know.

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An employee at Rocketown in Nashville, TN was fired today, MLK day, for wearing a band t-shirt by Hostage Calm saying "I support same-sex marriage."

You may remember that Nashville has same-sex protections briefly. They were stripped by the state congress in 2011 because, you know, freedomz.

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While many great states are fully implementing marriage equality, Texas is sadly behind the curve.  Recently a Dallas couple went to the justice of the peaceto demand a marriage license, and, eventually, were arrected (for disruption of a public venue).   One if the men, Beau, was sentenced to 40 hours community service.  I received the following post today:

On Nov. 27th, I was sentenced to 40 hours of community service for my disruption of a public venue when I and my husband were denied a marriage license at the counter in the records building here in Dallas, TX. For my 40 hours, I have set up and planned a benefit for YouthFirst Texas. A $1.00 donation per ticket will get you a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Bluetooth rechargeable keyboard and carrying case which I am donating to be given away in a raffle drawing the night of the event (Dec.
27th). To help me "learn my lesson," each $1.00 donation entitles you to 2 whacks using an assortment of floggers from which you can select. This public flogging will benefit the youth who need the excellent programs and services provided by YouthFirst Texas, and the next generation should always be a priority. The tablet drawing will be held promptly at 11pm- winner must be present to win, and will leave with the tablet in hand. Come Out and help me learn my lesson and have a great time supporting a good program for our community.
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A small jewelry business in Bedford, Virginia closed today with a sign, "CLOSED to mourn the loss of the America that our forefathers endowed to us."  

Yeah, because in a states that broke 51/48 for President Obama, you really want to piss off 51% of your potential customers.  

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We are all thrilled about the Obama win, and gaining +2 in the Senate.

Let's not forget another HUGE win for Marriage Equality.  

Marriage equality went 4/4 last night.  For the first time ever, the population of a state voted for Marriage Equality.  And not just one:  Maine, Maryland, and Washington State all approved Marriage Equality Measures.  Minnesota defeated a "1 man 1 woman" amendment to the state Constitution.

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A few days ago on KOS someone posted a link to the story of a reporter testing the current Texas ID law.  Even though his ID was valid (he used a current utility bill), he was hassled by the clerk.  He eventually got to vote, but only after the supervisor interveined.

So the system was tested, and good triumphed in the end.

But I am just stunned by the reponse to the article.

More below the sideways Ss.

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Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 06:03 AM PDT

A request for peace today

by lostboyjim

I will keep this prayerful and brief.

Last night, Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast.  It was worse than anyone imagined.  Actually, it wasn't.  The National Weather Service and a lot of weather people (including posters here on KOS) nailed it.   But for most of us who don't live in a Hurricane path, this is just unimaginable.

Can we, today, just today, not use this tragedy as a political bludgeon against our opponents?  This is a human tragedy, not a political opportunity.  Will the other side use it against us?  I don't know.  I don't care.  My partner's job may have been flooded away last night with the storm.  I have friends in New York City, and I don't know if they are still alive.  That is what is important to me, and what should be important to all of us.  

So I ask for this:  just one day.

Can we please mourn our dead, and pray for the living, and worry in hope for those we haven't heard from, without any finger-pointing or blame.  

thank you,

jim

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CNN headline is currently "BREAKING NEWS: NYC officials say several people have been shot near Empire State Building".  There are no print links, though TV is starting to report right now.

More info as soon as it becomes available...

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