Daily Archives: 03/24/2013

Prop 8 & DOMA to SCOTUS

(Community Matters) I’ve intentionally not been focused on the upcoming oral arguments or the pending SCOTUS decisions. I have faith they will turn out our way – Kennedy wrote the Colorado decision; Roberts doesn’t want the legacy of perpetuating discrimination.

mehlman npr

I know I differ in my feelings toward Ken Mehlman from that of many friends. When he first came out, I reached out, met, became friends; Steven too in a different context. More importantly a handful of national LGBT leaders reached out and encouraged his participation too. He’s become a most important ally in the fight at the Supreme Court. In NPR

ok . . . how will I feel when we win? Finally recognized as an equal citizen. (recognized being operative. I have no insecurities about my equality).

if we lose? Horrible, discriminated against, embarrassed by & for my country, like I should live somewhere else, and probably just energized to fight harder.

On the Gatekeepers, More Thoughts

the gatekeepers 2(Community Matters) Really is a provocative movie. Following on my original post, in no particular order: 1) Israel didn’t launch the 1973 attack, Egypt and Syria attacked. Israel won. The West Bank & Gaza were won in the war launched by the Middle East countries. 2) the occupation of 1,000,000 Palestinians is humiliating and unusually cruel, 3) the occupation insidiously corrupts Israel’s moral high ground, 4) there’s a clash of cultures – not just religions but cultures which assign vastly different values on citizens’ lives, 5) religion scares me – the extremists within religions of any faith are the most dangerous people in the world, 6) extremist religious ideology can only be fought with religious ideology – ardent followers will only be persuaded by other ideas within their faith, 7) Americans should think about these matters since we provide over $4.5 billion in foreign aid to Israel & Egypt annually, nearly $165 billion cumulatively.

w/ A Fright

panic wakeup(Community Matters) Popped out of bed with a fright this morning. It was already 6am, somehow my head said 6am on Monday morning . . . . how the heck did I forget to drive to the ranch last night? . . . and I jumped, ran to call my parents and hop into the shower simultaneously. Had to get them on the road to Houston, and I’ll meet them there. As I hit send on the telephone, the date displayed, even the day . . . Sunday, really? . . . .think, think, think . . . cancel call while I think . . .  yes, maybe today was Sunday, not Monday after all . . . back to bed and cuddled up to Steven.