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My wife and our beautiful boy on a good day at the park this past summer.
Joey was a beautiful Bassett hound that we had met when he was still a tiny puppy. We named him after Joey Ramone, who had just passed away from lymphoma.  A few weeks ago, our Joey was diagnosed lymphoma as well. He fought as hard as he could, but at almost thirteen years old, he was just too tired. So, on Monday, our excellent vet helped him along to his next adventure.

My wife and I are both heartbroken, but I want to try to think about the good times that we had together, so I am going to write a list of just a few of my favorite memories and things about Joey.

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In case you haven't heard, there are some petitions for secession on whitehouse.gov. (These aren't actual petitions from the states, just from some Very Sad Citizens). This has been created in response:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/...

I can't seem to get blockquotes to work right now, so here's the text of the petition.

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We petition the obama administration to:
Respectfully require those signing secession petitions to read the Constitution and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.

WHEREAS it is very easy to claim that secession will solve all of one's earthly problems (and not a few spiritual ones as well); that the internet allows for all sorts of self-consoling gestures of dubious substance or quality;

HOWEVER, we conduct Federal elections every two years, which is less than the average life span of a sparrow in the wild; every citizen has a constant voice; the signers of secession petitions are making James Madison cry;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that any and all persons signing on-line petitions advocating the right of any individual State to secede from the Union, be required, prior to signing the petition, to read and complete a brief essay about, the Constitution of the United States and the Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln.
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Only 29 signatures so far, but I'm sure we can do better than that, right?

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I'm going to attempt to blog this as it happens, but i didn't hear about it until about 5 minutes ago, so my phone battery isn't full. Anyway, this is the longest line that I've ever seen. It's cold as crappy, but spirits are still high.

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So, here's a song I wrote today about the election. (I'm not sure how to embed a video, so if anyone wanted to help me out with that, I'd really appreciate it. Lyrics are below the orange squiggly guy down there.)

http://www.youtube.com/...

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Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM PDT

Can you all help me caption this?

by spgilbert

So, I'm sure that by now you all know the stories behind these pictures. I'm just trying to figure out some way to best compare the two with a caption. Any ideas?

Can you help me caption this?
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Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM PDT

I can't keep this a secret anymore.

by spgilbert

Let me preface this entire diary with stating that I am completely disgusted with Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum and everyone else in the GOP who have decided to take it upon themselves to dictate when a woman has the right to choose what to do with her own body, especially after being assaulted.

Today’s story about Tom Smith, equating sex out of wedlock with rape, has only made it worse. As I was reading the user comments on HuffPo about it, I read the following:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

‘Like way too many people in this world, someone I know and care deeply about has been raped.

And yet I suspect that her rape is the kind that conservatives would say wasn't "legitimate", or little more than a child being born out of wedlock.
You see, she was date raped at a conference we attended.  By someone she knew.

Afterwards, I was the one who took her to the police and hospital, and I can tell you that I have never in my life seen such anguish in person.   I was there when she had the "rape kit" test administered.  I was there when she had explain to male police detective all the painful details.   And I was there when we found out that the odds of successfully prosecuting an outstate resident for date rape were slim.

To this day, the memories of her cries still shake me to the core.

And anyone who could argue that women must somehow bear even more burden from the horrible crime already committed against them by forcing them to give birth to a rapist's child is something less than human.

Shame on you, Mr. Smith.  And Mr Ryan.  And on anyone else who shares this inhumane perspective and callous disregard for women.'

As I read the ‘By someone she knew’ sentence, tears welled up in my eyes and I couldn't stop crying.

Recently, I have seen and heard a lot of comments from women that had never told their stories of sexual abuse. Some were too ashamed; some were too afraid; some just couldn’t talk about it. I don’t know if it’s because of these neanderthal GOPers are bringing it out or if it’s the anonymity of the internet or what it is, but people seem to be speaking out more and more. Whatever it is, I keep hearing these stories, and I can’t help but think about how brave these people are.

So, today, I am going to tell you something that I have been holding inside for over twenty-five years and have only ever told one person in my life (and that person is my wife):

When I was a child, I was sexually assaulted. By someone I knew.

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Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 08:19 AM PDT

Mitt Romney - I'm Still Here

by spgilbert

I'm Still Here
Maybe the beard would help him connect with the common folk.

From the first time I heard Mitt Romney speak about the 2012 election, I knew something wasn't quite...right about him. He was obviously entirely too rich. He was obviously out of touch with the way the 'common people' live. From his 'corporations are people' to his awe at a touch screen at a sandwich place to Eric Fehrnstrom's 'etch-a-sketch' comment , I could tell something was wrong, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Then, he made the announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate and it finally hit me: Mitt Romney isn't really running for president.

(more below the fold)

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  Imagine this: you are ten years old. Your family is very religious and you live right in the middle of the Bible belt. Every Sunday you're taken to a Pentacostal church where you see people rolling around on the floor, shaking like madmen and speaking in tongues. You're told that you're nothing but a sinner and that unless you live absolutely according to God's unknowable plan, you're going to Hell.

   That was me. And I was scared shitless.

   Why? Because I wasn't even sure if I believed that God existed or not.

   I tried talking to my parents. My mother cried and my father told me to talk to my grandfather. My grandfather told me to talk to the youth pastor. The youth pastor told me to talk to the head pastor. So, I did.

   Looking back, maybe I could have started with something other than, 'If God created everything, who created God?' But, I was ten. What did I know? He told me that I was a blasphemer and that I would end up in Hell if I continued asking questions like that. As far as he and my family were concerned, that was the end of that.

(more below the fold, wherein I stop sounding like I'm bashing religion.)

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Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 11:09 AM PDT

Thank you Chick-Fil-A

by spgilbert

Dear Mr. Cathy,

I would like to personally thank you for your support of 'traditional' marriage. As an atheist man who has been married to a bisexual woman for nearly fourteen years, it is refreshing to hear that you are in full support of our marriage to one another. Please allow me to tell you a bit about it.

(it gets worse/better below the fold)

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