Monthly Archives: October 2013

Snowden a Hero?

snowden(Community Matters) NSA Broke into Google & Yahoo Data Centers – I don’t begrudge the spooks, nor even the President for trying. I can’t imagine the enormity of worry and challenge fighting terrorism. And, this is why standards and laws must reign in their ambitions. Of course they are going to go overboard in trying to keep Americans safe. I know Congress and the Courts are feeling the same challenges. The former need to step back into their roles as policy/law makers, representatives of the people, and the latter in protecting the rights guaranteed in the constitution and articulated in our laws.

We’ll know we’re on the right path when Edward Snowden is granted a pardon and invited back. I’m hoping President Obama will be this enlightened and generous.

Federal Lawsuit in Texas Against Ban on Same Sex Marriage

(Community Matters) Shocked this has been filed and I’m just now reading about it. Need to learn more. 

Teen Wolf Halloween

(Community Matters) What do Teen Wolf‘s Carver twins Max and Charlie do for Halloween? (below the fold)

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Best Ice Cream Parlours in the World

big gay ice cream(Community Matters) Seriously? Best ice cream parlours in the world? hmm, I don’t see a single Berthillon so list suspect to start. Nevertheless, why must I find these sort of lists?  I’m a bull; they’re my red flag.

Daily Meal‘s May post:

1. Fenocchio, Nice, France

2. Bar Gelateria Ercole, Pizzo, Italy

3. Vipiteno Gelateria, Sao Paulo, Brazil

4. Antico Caffè Spinnato, Palermo, Italy

5. Big Gay Ice Cream, New York City

6. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, Seattle

7. Perché No!, Florence, Italy

8. Murphy’s, Dingle, Ireland

9. Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco

10. Vaffelbageriet, Copenhagen, Denmark

I’ve only been to Bi-Rite, 9 left to go.

HT: Towelroad

Wadi Rum

(Community Matters)  Thanks Diane & Steve for the great pic

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Wadi Rum Desert (aka The Valley of the Moon), Jordan

People Fund’s East Night & Silverton Partners’ Open House

1375756_10201474007025456_1707216677_n(Community Matters) Wow, week moved too fast. Almost forgot all about a fun Thursday night.

We’re long time, enthusiastic supporters of People Fund (formerly Austin CDC). They hosted a successful casino fundraiser at their E MLK site Thursday night. The Entrepreneurs Foundation served as their underwriter, Steven and I as their honorary chairs. Well attended and well supported. Thanks to CapitalOne Bank for coming in as a second underwriter. Loved seeing lots of friends including Cloteal, Adrian, Bryan & Shannon Jones and tons more.

Bill Wood, Morgan Flagger and Kip McClanahan host Silverton Partner’s Open House every year, this year at the Belmont where we saw every Austin entrepreneur and investor. First chance to congratulate our friend Heather Brunner on her new role as CEO of one of Austin’s hottest startups, WP Engine.


steven 52(Community Matters) Super visit to Oklahoma to see Carol & Phil for Steven’s birthday. Bonus treats: Craig coming in for Saturday lunch, Hilary joining us for dinner and Avery’s play at OBU, meeting Rickie Bond in Dallas for a quick dinner on the way here, and anticipating lunch with Rickie & Charles Santos on the way home.

Chorus Refrains On USA Foreign Policy

flags(Community Matters) “‘The United States did a lot of damage to their image by failing to attack Syria,” said an Israeli diplomat in Jerusalem.”

Seriously? The resolution is Syria surrendering all its chemical weapon. Criticizing the US for achieving this surrender just shows a blatantly self serving perspective – and a short term one at that. Yeah, yeah, I hear the chorus refrain how Russia saved the day here, but the facts are Pres O and Putin had just met, Kerry “casually mentioned” this as a solution (diplomats don’t just ad lib), then the Russians followed up; nevertheless, even serendipity counts as opportunity meeting preparation.

Ditto Saudi Arabia – upset by a “cooling” in the diplomatic cold war between the US and Iran. Evidence that economic sanctions are driving their government to, at least, conversations with the west . . . and an important ally which continues to deny women equality, a dictator state from which radical islamists groups are financed by certain Saudi families, expresses hurt that we didn’t follow through with an attack on Syria and that we abandoned a dictator neighbor, threatens to pull away from an alliance.

Admittedly, Iran is not a credible player, and we can’t rely on their word but on deeds. Saudi Arabia and Israel are important regional allies – Israel like a brother. Not to mention our disastrous foreign, NSA spying on principals, though, seriously, how long do we imagine this has been going on? Who doesn’t do it? My appreciation for Snowden’s whistle blowing about domestic spying notwithstanding, foreign protests feel a little like the wolf complaining that grandma’d eaten something unsavory before being eaten.

President captured Osama Bin Laden, has captured or killed most of his top men, pulled out of Iraq, Syria is surrendering chemical weapons, Iran is, apparently, at the table talking, we successfully and with minimal damage intervened in Libya, and this administration has prevented what I’m assuming are hundreds of domestic & foreign terrorists incidents. Okay, NSA abuse sucks and I think unconstitutional, and we may need to reign in drone killing; I’m uneducated and not sure about the latter. Benghazi . . . unfortunate, obviously some people fucked up and I wish those who can’t get over the four Americans who accepted the risks of their missions would care as much about the thousands of Americans who die every year because of the lack of healthcare. I don’t want to be an apologist, and I’m offended by these sophomoric refrains.

Kip on Greenspan

greenspan(Community Matters)   I always love Kip Keller’s comments – his comment in response to a posting/notation of Greenspan’s new book:

I know you’re just pointing readers to the Greenspan interview, but I hope you’re not indirectly promoting his book. Given his remarkably bad record at seeing how things tend to turn out, I can’t imagine he’s offering much more than the “investors are so irrational” explanation, which is isomorphic with “I don’t know what the hell’s going on.”

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Texas in Time

time texas(Community Matters) Is Texas the US future? Time Magazine – 10 Reasons Texas is Our Future.

Like my feelings about the previous post (fan of grossly imperfect capitalism and free marketsas a third generation Texan raised in the anything goes boom town of Houston in the 6os and 70s, matured in the new economy boom town of Austin since the 80s (played a lot in Dallas during the raging gay 90s and now spending as much time as any nonnative in Far West Texas, including wealthiest-place-in-the-world, Permian Basin), I love this state . . . and, no surprise, we have gross imperfections. There’s a lot to be said for incentivizing self-reliance, and we can’t be so calloused as to let folks go unfed, without medical or without shelter during inclement weather. Texans are huge philanthropists –

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Corporations in Politics

Little-Guys-55310126647(Community Matters) Good gosh, I’m not only a capitalist, I’m an enthusiastic capitalist and free market advocate. Sure I recognize the imperfections, and they’re the best systems that exist. We must regulate and govern to ameliorate their gross flaws, especially the externalizing of costs (espec pollution) AND increasingly exploitive economic clout in American politics.

I am NOT a believer that corporations “are people too” and enjoy constitutional rights – that’s just bullshit. Corporations are creations of the state, a privilege explicitly granted to encourage economic activity while granting individuals limited liability in exchange for taxes.

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Happy Birthday, Steven

(Community Matters) Friday (10/25) Steven’s 52nd birthday. Steven loved his birthday – morning massage w/ Paul, meeting with Cody, Randall & Simon, seeing Rickie in Dallas, 7 hours us two alone in the car and winding up the day with his parents in Shawnee. I’m so lucky to be married to such a spectacular human being with such simple tastes – he’s a little more challenged being married to me.