Saturday, December 6, 2008

Huckabee: Gay Marriage Would End Civilization

sigh... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/12/06/huckabee-gay-marriage-wo_n_75680.html

Local history

Click the pic for the story.

Berlusconi Plans to Use G8 Presidency to "Regulate the Internet"

Berlusconi Plans to Use G8 Presidency to "Regulate the Internet"

http://www.truthout.org/120608C

Chris Williams, The Register UK: "Italian president and media baron Silvio Berlusconi said today that he would use his country's imminent presidency of the G8 group to push for an international agreement to 'regulate the internet'. Speaking to Italian postal workers, Reuters reports Berlusconi said: 'The G8 has as its task the regulation of financial markets... I think the next G8 can bring to the table a proposal for a regulation of the internet.'"

MILK


From another discussion:
If you haven't seen the movie MILK and you do not know anything about Harvey Milk, it's time to watch this movie. My friends and I watched it last night and we were amazed at the struggle of Milk and how his work affects us all positively. As the first openly gay official, we were saddened he did so much in such little time and was assassinated! Without his work, people like us would have been fired from our work because of the Briggs Initiative.


Do yourself a favor, WATCH the movie. Learn, Educate, and continue to fight for our rights.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Demand the Truth

HRC’s Religion and Faith program launches response to untruthful NY Times ad.

Today, members of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion Council responded forcefully to a full-page ad in the New York Times that implies there is an organized attempt to foment mob intimidation and violence toward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to its actions dehumanizing lesbian and gay people in the recent election campaign, particularly in California around passage of Proposition 8, which stripped gay families of the right to a civil marriage. The ad was sponsored by NoMobVeto.org, a project of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

When did the LDS Church become the victim? It’s hard to believe, but that is exactly what it is trying to convince the public of. It is continuing to spend an excess of dollars in an attempt to mislead the public and transform its image. But the truth is that this is the same church that conducted a national broadcast to every temple, calling on members to organize and write checks to the Prop 8 campaign. The same church that donated more than half of the $40 million behind Prop 8, even though California Mormons represent just 2 percent of the state's population. Yes, it’s the same church.

Don’t allow them to replace the truth with their own version of the truth. Use our Religion Council’s message today to take action and demand the truth:

What HRC's Religion Council had to say:

  • "Several signatories to the ad are generals in the culture wars," said Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Church (Epsicopal), Pasadena, Calif. "They lied about gay people in the campaign, and now they are lying again when they say we are in favor of mob intimidation and violence. I personally talked legitimately angry demonstrators in California out of such action and every credible LGBT organization called for peaceful resistance to the Prop 8 travesty. Many of the leaders cited in this ad preach hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, then look the other way when LGBT people are the victims of hate crimes. This ad is an act of individual and corporate hypocrisy."
  • Bishop John Selders of Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford, Conn. commented, "As an African-American, I've heard this before. A few frustrated members of a minority group respond in anger to a new indignity and the oppressor calls them anarchists. Satan, sometimes called the Father of Lies, is at work when powerful people seek to dehumanize those who are less powerful."
  • Rev. Dr. Miguel de la Torre of Iliff School of Theology in Denver agreed, “I am always struck that those in power, those who manipulate the truth to maintain oppressive structures, present themselves to the public as the ones being persecuted. Make no mistake, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a powerful organization with an agenda of imposing a narrow religious view upon the rest of America. As we Hispanics say, ‘que vergüenza’ (what a shameful act).”
  • "Calls for tolerance of certain religious viewpoints rings hollow in a world where religion often stands by tolerating violence perpetrated on God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children," was Rev. Dr. Erin Swenson's reply. Dr. Swenson is a Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist in Atlanta.
  • Rev. Dr. Ken Stone of Chicago Theological Seminary said, "While I agree that violence and anti-religious bigotry need to be combated, we must also demand an end to the violence undertaken by those religious institutions that not only encourage but also fund bigotry against lesbians and gay men. Where will the Becket Fund be when we call for endorsements of hate crimes and employment protection legislation for LGBT people?"
  • Here's what Rev. Dr. Mary A. Tolbert of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Pacific School of Religion had to say: "The 'No Mob Veto' ad would be more convincing as a statement of concern for civil debate over the well-organized and well-funded participation of the LDS church in the passage of Prop 8 had it not itself ended with a clear threat of intimidation toward anyone criticizing that church's role in the election. As the Christian gospels demonstrate in Jesus' action of overturning the tables of money-lenders in the temple, sometimes speaking the truth to entrenched and wealthy religious leaders requires a dramatic stroke. To protest the enormous financial involvement of a religious body in stripping equal rights from California LGBT people, their families, and their children is in no way anti-religious bigotry; it is instead, like the example of Jesus in the temple, an attempt to speak the truth to those rooted in power and wealth whose actions serve to deprive other human beings of the equal respect and dignity all of God's children deserve."
  • Rev. Rebecca Voelkel of the Institute for Welcoming Resources of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force summed up: "As a Christian, I was taught not to 'bear false witness.' One of the deepest tragedies of the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign in California was its bearing false witness-- more plainly stated, its lies-- about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. This ad is one more example. In response to the passage of Proposition 8, faithful, honorable, patriotic Americans from every walk of life and of many sexual orientations and gender identities gathered to say no to lies and yes to love, truth and the American way. To name these overwhelmingly peaceful gatherings as mobs dishonors me, my family, members of my church and so many others who participated in them. As a Christian, my religious tradition also admonishes me to speak the truth in love. Therefore, I prayerfully ask those who have run this ad and others like it, to stop your false witness. Instead, and especially in these times, our country and our world need all of us, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, pagans and all people of faith, to work on behalf of the dignity of all human beings."

Courtsy of JMG: HRC Responds To Beckett Fund Ad

HRC Responds To Beckett Fund Ad

The Human Rights Campaign has posted a response to today's ad by the Beckett Fund in the New York Times. It reads in part:
Today, members of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion Council responded forcefully to a full-page ad in the New York Times that implies there is an organized attempt to foment mob intimidation and violence toward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to its actions dehumanizing lesbian and gay people in the recent election campaign, particularly in California around passage of Proposition 8, which stripped gay families of the right to a civil marriage. The ad was sponsored by NoMobVeto.org, a project of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

When did the LDS Church become the victim? It’s hard to believe, but that is exactly what it is trying to convince the public of. It is continuing to spend an excess of dollars in an attempt to mislead the public and transform its image. But the truth is that this is the same church that conducted a national broadcast to every temple, calling on members to organize and write checks to the Prop 8 campaign. The same church that donated more than half of the $40 million behind Prop 8, even though California Mormons represent just 2 percent of the state's population. Yes, it’s the same church.

Don’t allow them to replace the truth with their own version of the truth. Use our Religion Council’s message today to take action and demand the truth:

Click here to write a letter to the New York Times
Click here to send an email to the Becket Fund, the organization that paid for the misleading New York Times ad
Click here to share your personal story with NoMobVeto.org and let them know how the passage of Prop 8 affected your life
The response goes on to list several quotes from members of their Religious Council. My favorite (emphasis mine):
"Several signatories to the ad are generals in the culture wars," said Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Church (Epsicopal), Pasadena, Calif. "They lied about gay people in the campaign, and now they are lying again when they say we are in favor of mob intimidation and violence. I personally talked legitimately angry demonstrators in California out of such action and every credible LGBT organization called for peaceful resistance to the Prop 8 travesty. Many of the leaders cited in this ad preach hate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, then look the other way when LGBT people are the victims of hate crimes. This ad is an act of individual and corporate hypocrisy."


and the tree... the Milton enjoys putting up

and that I enjoy photographing... he does an amazing job, if I may say so myself.

More lights from the Ponderosa at sunset


I took advantage of the abandoned, now I found out stolen, car sitting across the street to steady my hand. As I am posting it, there is a CHP dude in an unmarked car in the driveway across the street, seeing if we can nab the horse thief...

From Plowshares...

Jobless Rate Soars to 6.7 Percent, 533,000 Jobs Lost

Jobless Rate Soars to 6.7 Percent, 533,000 Jobs Lost
http://www.truthout.org/120508A
Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times: "With the economy deteriorating rapidly, the nation’s employers shed 533,000 jobs in November, the 11th consecutive monthly decline, the government reported Friday morning, and the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent."

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Let's Buy the Big Three

What would it take for you, Congress, to drive off the lot with a new car company today?

JMG: Furor Over Gay Questionnaire

From Joe.My.God:

1. What do you think caused your heterosexuality?
2. When and how did you decide you were a heterosexual?
3. Is it possible that your heterosexuality is just a phase you may grow out of?
4. Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?
5. Do your parents know that you are straight? Do your friends and/or roommate(s) know? How did they react?
6. Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality? Can't you just be who you are and keep it quiet?
7. Why do heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others into their lifestyles?
8. A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual. So you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual teachers?
9. With all the societal support marriage receives, the divorce rate is spiraling. Why are there so few stable relationships among heterosexuals?
10. Statistics show that lesbians have the lowest incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. Is it really safe for a woman to maintain a heterosexual lifestyle and run the risk of disease and pregnancy?
11. Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?
12. Would you want your child to be heterosexual, knowing the problems that s/he would face?

Hilarious... enjoy!

video

Thanks Stan... this made my day, and no I didn't play it while I was giving my test...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SFGMC meets Gabi & Carolyn

SFGMC meets Gabi & Carolyn


They created Families Untied Against Hate

Obama Should Break With Past on Latin America

Weisbrot Obama Should Break With Past on Latin America

http://www.truthout.org/120308R

Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research: "President-elect Obama's historic triumph was welcomed in Latin America by left-of-center governments who saw it as a continuation of their own electoral victories. Obama has an opportunity to forge a new relationship with the region after his predecessor drove US-Latin American relations into a ditch. But it will require a major change in Washington's attitude toward our southern neighbors."

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ms. Butter was showing me her new mac... and suddenly

it showed my two inner me's... you see before class, as Ms. Butter was helping me set up, she showed me her cool new Mac. It does some very scary things...

and then there were four of us...


Its a cool Mac, even tho it turns people into doubles... and I can only imagine if I left it on and forgot to turn it off... I mean, aren't there enough people on the planet anyway, and what would happen if everybody got a mac and became their evil twin? This is scary, and should be stopped... even worse... we could have Sarah Palins, copying themselves over and over... uh oh... all of a sudden I just figured out the students in one of my classes... they've been copied. I have to go now and write Obama and warn him about this...

Next round of TIMSS coming soon

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From Dr. Gerald Bracey [see http://www.america-tomorrow.com/bracey/gb.htm ] on his eddra listserve, Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 10:04 AM
Subject: TIMSS
The next round of TIMSS hits the street a week from today. A TIMSS staffer tells me I will find them "interesting." No further revelations.

It might be good to keep a few things in mind when considering the data:

1. The Institute for Management Development rates the U. S. #1 in global competitiveness.

2. The World Economic Forum ranks the U. S. #1 in global competitiveness.

3. The U. S. has the most productive workforce in the world. (www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=160.

4. "The fact is that test-score comparisons tell us little about the quality of education in any country." (Iris Rotberg, Education Week June 11, 2008 -- (http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/06/11/41rotberg_ep.h27.html).

5. "That the U. S., the world's top economic performing country, was found to have schooling attainments that are only middling casts fundamental doubts on the value, and approach, of these surveys." British economist, S. J. Prais, PISA According to PISA, p. 154 (a terrible title since the chapters, all by European researchers, severely criticize PISA) -- see http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a713688647~db=all
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Monday, December 1, 2008

From Made in Brasil...


HIV and Mathematics...

also:

Math model: HIV can be eliminated in a decade
Number crunch shows regular testing, quick treatment may be the answer

Bush: "I Was Unprepared For War"

Looking back on his eight years in the White House, President George W. Bush said he was "unprepared" for war and pinpointed incorrect intelligence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction as "biggest regret of all the presidency."
"I think I was unprepared for war," Bush told ABC News' Charlie Gibson in an interview airing today on "World News." "In other words, I didn't campaign and say, 'Please vote for me, I'll be able to handle an attack,'" he said. "In other words, I didn't anticipate war. Presidents -- one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen."
Read the whole story here.

Has No Child Left Behind Improved Public Education?

Has No Child Left Behind Improved Public Education?
In January of 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, which penalizes or rewards schools based on students’ performance on standardized tests. Nearly seven years later the questions surrounding this controversial legislation are as pressing as ever. Does No Child Left Behind make the grade? Tell the Opposing Views community what you think.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lights are on at the Ponderosa!


After my morning walk, I spent the day cleaning the garage and getting the Xmas stuff out. The first box I opened were the out door lights... I figured it was a sign, so up they went... life is good!

CA's gay marriage ban could open the door to legal discrimination against unpopular groups

1.24.08-(Reuters)-CA's gay marriage ban could open the door to legal discrimination against unpopular groups if the state Supreme Court allows the voter-approved measure to stand, blacks, Latinos, Asians & other minorities said. Legal scholars say the measure, which defines marriage as between a man & a woman, breaks new ground by limiting the courts' ability to protect minorities. "They could take away any right from any group," said USC Law Professor David Cruz.

"The entire purpose behind the constitutional principle of equal protection would be subverted if the constitutional protection of unpopular minorities were subject to simple majority rule," read a brief by black, Asian & Hispanic groups challenging the ban. "This case is not simply about gay equality", pointing to segregation laws & one excluding Asian-Americans from land ownership as examples.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081124/ts_nm/us_gaymarriage_minorities

Paul Krugman: What to Do

FOCUS | Paul Krugman: What to Do
http://www.truthout.org/113008Y

Paul Krugman, New York Review of Books: "What the world needs right now is a rescue operation. The global credit system is in a state of paralysis, and a global slump is building momentum as I write this. Reform of the weaknesses that made this crisis possible is essential, but it can wait a little while. First, we need to deal with the clear and present danger. To do this, policymakers around the world need to do two things: get credit flowing again and prop up spending."

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