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I heart Dan Savage!

Barack Obama's Ex-Gay Problem
by Dan Savage

Barack Obama is still planning to tour South Carolina with an ex-gay/anti-gay preacher. Donnie McClurkin performed at the Republican National Convention in 2004—shouldn’t that alone disqualify him?—and has condemned “the curse of homosexuality,” declared “war” on the gays, and insists that Jeebus can turn gay people straight. He’s a bigot, pure and simple, and like other ‘mos I’m appalled that Barack Obama would tour a state, any state, even South Carolina, with the likes of McClurkin.

Now I’m not rabid on gay issues—really. I wrote John Kerry a check in 2004 after he came out for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. (Which was after he came out against a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.) And I was willing to support Obama—for vice president, preferably on a Gore/Obama ticket—after he came out for civil unions but against full marriage equality for gays and lesbians. I’m gay and I’d like to be married but I understand that the gay marriage issue is a fraught one for Dems and that politics is all about incremental gains and that we shouldn’t sacrifice the good on the altar of the perfect and blah blah blah.

But.

Obama called for the Justice Department to fire an official that made “offensive and erroneous comments” about racial minorities last week. This week Obama refused to boot McClurkin from his South Carolina tour over McClurkin’s “offensive and erroneous comments” about gays and lesbians.

Here’s Obama:

“I have clearly stated my belief that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters and should be provided the respect, dignity, and rights of all other citizens. I have consistently spoken directly to African-American religious leaders about the need to overcome the homophobia that persists in some parts our community so that we can confront issues like HIV/AIDS and broaden the reach of equal rights in this country… I strongly believe that African Americans and the LGBT community must stand together in the fight for equal rights. And so I strongly disagree with Reverend McClurkin’s views and will continue to fight for these rights as President of the United States to ensure that America is a country that spreads tolerance instead of division.” 

Excuse me, but what the fuck? If believing in the “respect, dignity, and rights of all other citizens,” including gay and lesbian citizens, doesn’t preclude touring with a hate-monger bigot like McClurkin, what the fuck good is your support? How can the gay community “stand together” with assholes that have declared war on us? And I’m sorry, Barack, but if you choose to stand with McClurkin—if you give him a pass on his anti-gay bigotry—than your “belief” in our brotherhood isn’t worth a bucket of warm santorum.

This is too much. It’s one thing to reach out to conservative voters, which Obama has said he intends to do. It’s another to to stump with raving bigots like McClurkin. If Obama embraces people that judge others not by the content of their characters but by the contents of their rectums, well, Barack Obama isn’t not going to see any of my money or win my vote. 

http://slog.thestranger.com/2007/10/barack_obamas_exgay_problem

Way to go Dan! I could not have said it better myself. Hillary 08!
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I just want to say how sad and moved I am today as I ponder the world's great loss and heaven's wonderful gain. The angels surely sing with an even more glorious sound now. A New York Times critic once wrote that Mr. Pavarotti's vocal cords were "kissed by God." Today he joins God's chorus.

I was overcome last night when I heard my favorite tenor had died. I was never lucky enough to see him live but my partner was able to on several occasions. He had the most beautiful voice I have ever heard and I will remember him fondly every time I put on one of his recordings.

In addition to his glorious instrument he was also well known for his humanitarian efforts to raise money to help those less fortunate than himself with his Pavorrati and Friends charity concerts. He will be remebered as much for this as for anything else. It is all part of his legacy.

My tears are but a few that will be shed for him this day. I pray for his family and friends and that they have the strength to get through. I also hope that memories of his long battle fade and only The Voice remains.

Good-bye, Maestro, God be with you.
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This is why she will have my vote. Not to mention her glorious debate performance. I am a sucker for a strong, intelligent woman.

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So, we went camping for the first time this year last weekend. We went to Gordon Bay Provincial park in Lake Cowichan. It was a fantastic weekend with wonderful weather and perfect lake conditions. The swimming was amazing. It was so good we are going again this weekend. The only problem is that Gordon Bay is all booked. At least all of their reservable sites are and we don't want to take the chance that we won't get a sight at all by just going and hoping for one of the first come, first serve sites. So, we decided to make reservations at one of the private campgrounds a mile or so from there. Should be fun. The new place is on a smaller feeder lake and is supposed to be 8 to 10 degrees warmer so swimming should be even better. This is where we are going...

http://beaverlakecampground.com/

This is where we were and where we camp most often...

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/gordon.html

The best thing about the trip was that we stopped to look at a vintage travel trailer on the way home and bought it!! It is a 1969 Shasta Compact! it is cute but does need some work. We are hoping to pick it up this weekend or sometime next week. Since we don't have much of a yard where we live and already have 2 cars in the driveway we had to secure a storage unit. I was able to find one in Lake Cowichan which is great. We camp their most often or even further up island and this way we don't have to tow the trailer up the Malahat every weekend. It will already be there. We can just hook up, go to the market and camp! Yea! After this weekend no more tenting! Woo and Hoo!

Anyway, I am hoping to have my photoblog ready tomorrow or at least before the weekend. I will link when I do have it done. It it so hot today that I think I am going to get a cold beer and head out on the deck.
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So, Canada Day long weekend. Bah. I wanted to go camping but everything is booked solid. We may try and go next weekend so we can be out of town during Pride. I just have no desire to vbe a part of it anymore. After so many years of putting it on and of being way too busy and way too visible in the gay community I am enjoying my privacy and anonimity. people still come up to me and ask if I was the one that used to be on tv or who owned that store or whatever but I am glad that I am no longer that girl. At least for now. So, we may head out of town for Pride weekend and just enjoy the weather...if it is good anyway.

This weekend I think I'll just take my camera and see what I can get into. Also, want to check out the Sooke Potholes Campground for possible Labor Day camping.

Moving on....Clive Davis! The man needs to get a grip and pull his head out of his very old ass. I don't know what he was talking about...My December is one of the best, if not the best, records of the year so far. Kelly Clarkson has never sounded better and as much as I liked BreakAway this cd is so much more personal, raw and real that it blows me away. Download it from iTunes peope or go buy it like I did. Do yourself a favor. It really is worth the money...take a good listen to Maybe, Chivas and Irvine. You'll be glad you did.
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Rambling...as usual

I really wish that I could get disciplined enough to post here more often. 

I am still not sure if I am going to keep my new photo journal or just start posting pics here. I could do both but that would require more work than I may have time for at the moment.

New Heroes tonight. Also, Degrassi. I can't wait. I have been waiting for this episode for a long time. I really hope it is as good as I have built it up to be. I mean, One Tree Hill last week was actually better than I had anticipated as was Addison's Anatomy. LMAO Let's hope the trend continues.

I have to say even AMC is getting better these last few days. I think my thoughts on that may have something to do with the fact that PodBianca and her boyfriend are gone but who cares. I am having fun watching again and really...what is the point of having my office at home if it is no fun to watch my soaps? 

Speaking of my office, god do I need to clean it. I have been writing fan fiction all weekend and it looks like a hurricane hit it. Wads of paper all over the floor which my cats are not starting to play with and bat around. Half of them are downstairs now, creating more mess. Fun. I didn't mean to create even more a a playground for them. I am very pleased with the fic though. It has gotten a better response than I thought it would and I actually like the story and my own writing more than I usually do. Imagine that. I need to remember to post the rest of it here.

I am really looking forward to our trip to Seattle to see Within Temptation at the end of this month. I still can't believe that we are going to see a band that plays for 40,000 people in Europe at a small club in Seattle. And by small I mean small. I have never seen the club but it can't be as big as they are used to. What a shame. Hopefully touring with Lacuna Coil will be good for them and get them noticed here. Although they did have a song on the Blood and Chocolate soundtrack.  We have decided to make a mini-vacation of it so that my partner can get a hug from the hugging saint and I can take pictures at the Pike Street Market and in Olympic National Park. should be a fun week. I will hopefully have some fun pics to share after we get back.
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Posting my first LJ fic.

I decided to post my new fan fic here. I have yet to post any to this journal. I mostly have used this to read fan fic but it is time that I expended a little more effort and now that my writer's block is over I guess I have a reason.

This story is born out of my frustration with the current state of All My Children in general and Bianca (BAM) in particular. I do not like that they made Maggie a cheater, I don't like Bianca turning into a giggling 13 year old over Zarfoe, I don't like that they wasted Liz for the majority of her three week stint on the show and I really don't like that Bianca has seemingly forgotten about Maggie. I guess I should be glad that the break-up and subsequent on screen destruction on Bianca has provided my fan fic muse with the kick in the butt it needed but...meh.

This story is about Maggie and Greenlee. I have no idea how it will end or if BAM will end up even being friends in it. I just know I needed to write this to work through my disappointment. Plus, I miss original Greenlee. 

Title: Weak in the Knees
Rating: PG to NC-17
Pairing: Maggie/Greenlee, poss BAM 
Timeline: 7-8 months in the future
Summary: Maggie is trying to put herself back together in Paris with the help of someone surprising. What happens when they head home to Pine Valley for the holidays?
Feedback: Constructive criticism and positive feedback always welcome and appreciated.
Distribution: I don't care as long as you ask first and let me know where
Disclaimer: All AMC Characters belong to ABC/AMC/Disney

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I have no words.

I have no words to express my profound sadness, grief, disbelief and anger. My prayers are with the victims and their families from the Virginia Tech shootings today. I cannot even begin to comprehend what they are going through. My heart aches for them and with them.
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