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Remember those key words..."We have always been." We are NOT afflicted with some illness or chemical imbalance as some phoney scientists would say. We do NOT choose who we are attracted to and what we are, are NOT "lifestyle" choices.
We are Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual. We have existed since time immemorial. We roamed the plains of Africa at the birth of man and still reside in little villages all across that great continent. We walked in the shadow Roman columns and temples and still do their ruins. We tilled the ancient lands in the Yellow River valley and still toil to bear nature's fruit.
We are poets, authors, painters, sculptors, and musicians. We are politicians, judges, and lawyers. We are construction workers, fisherman, and coal miners. We are wealthy and drive flashy cars to work in glass towers. We are working class toilers and laborers breaking our backs to support our families and push our stalled piece of shit car home from work. We are men of the cloth and we are atheists and agnostics. We are policemen, firemen, and EMTs.
And...we are Grunts and Jarheads and Sailors and Airmen and so much more....
Seeing how memorial day is just around the corner, i thought i would add this as well...
We froze with Washington at Valley Forge. Our blood stained corpses festered under the cruel sun at Gettysburg. Somewhere under a field in Flanders, our remains our growing poppies. We pulled our fellow shipmates out of the Pacific drink as Japanese Zeros roared over our sinking carrier, and gave a passionate kiss to the French maiden passing flowers to the liberators, only to stare a few seconds longer at the smiling lad just beyond our reach (about 30 years beyond). We cleaned the gaping wounds of the injured, plugged the hemorrhaging of thousands of men, and softly held the hands of thousands more, quelling their fear as they slipped away. And when the gore became too much, we embraced our fellow sisters close and gave each other strength in umpteen ways. We continue to serve proudly, despite the lingering shadow of which we must "not ask nor tell." We continue to serve and as such our remains our scattered with our straight brothers throughout the parched lands of Afghanistan and Iraq. We have and will continue to return home through Delaware in flag draped reminders of sacrifice...
Honestly, this post did not begin as military centric but it somehow evolved into that given the proximity to Memorial Day. But the greater point I believe is this: We are all sexes, races, creeds, and colors. We are not a separate people. We did not come from a singular nation. We are all nations. Our blood is red. We love, we laugh, and we cry. We are....HUMAN. Our only difference is who we are hardwired to be attracted to.
There will continue to be those who balk and drag their feet, if not outright slam on the breaks of our progress as a nation, from the very top down to an average citizen. And while the pundits and the politicians play peacemaker and power player with our civil rights, we will continue to make that ultimate sacrifice for the country and the people that we love.
This is for all our serving men and women, gay, bisexual, and straight.
Happy Memorial Day.
Granted, I know this is not exactly recent politics per se, but seeing how our "friend" Newt has been rearing his ugly head again, exploratory committee BS and all his digs at the Dems and POTUS and all that, i figured i would showcase a little time trip to more than 15 years ago. Actually, with all that sea of crusty old white people, i had to check to make sure the date was '95 and not 2011
Humor is a little subdued, not much to write home about, and i much rather prefer the Farley Newt sketches on the show itself. But what can ya expect, its a publicity gig. Nonetheless, Chris will always be my favorite.
On a more poignant note: all i can think is that all the wrong people in this video are not with us anymore. The others....*shivers. The REAL point of posting this: Shit, Does Boner age?? Newt, Boner, Delay...just goes to show you what dinosaurs the Repubs truly are and yet they keep coming back for more. They'll keep using different brand names "Contract with America," "The Tea Party," but the message is always the same. Keep those "haves" on top...supported by the backs of the "have nots"...and killing Big Bird!
Posted by Libertas1776 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Nov 29th 2009, 10:58 PM
Behold! A glimpse at the hell the Swiss just avoided by banning the construction of any new minarets in the country
Look at it, standing there in its infernal, Turkish made, plastic glory, defying everything that is Swiss-iness.
What the Swiss people have done, via the "tried and true" democratic practice of putting a minority group's civil liberties up to popular vote, is say no to the "black sheep" that continues to invade and threaten the hegemony of the Swiss culturescape i.e. immigrants, and more specifically Muslims.
(Swiss People's Party 2007 poster "Creating Security")
In other OPs on this subject, I have seen some DUer's proclaim it to be a good thing. That they are simply trying to maintain and keep intact the architectural landscape of Switzerland, for the sake of tourism, historical preservation, identity, etc and so forth. Some have stated it is a rejection of religious architecture and it is a good thing. Really, then by that logic all of the quaint, picturesque church steeples adorning the Swiss countryside should be toppled to the ground because they were putting religion in people's faces. Others have said that "Well, the countries from which these Muslims originate from do not permit the construction of Christian steeples, Jewish synagogues, etc. so why should they yield to their demands for minarets?" Well, aside from the fact that most Muslims living in Switzerland originate from places like Kosovo and Turkey, both tremendously far cries from the theocracies of Saudi Arabia and Iran, this is still supposed to be a democratic country that enshrines human rights and religious freedom into its laws and traditions.
You don't gauge how to treat immigrants and minorities by how some societies that share their faith treat yours. You throw such preconceptions out the window and you afford these people the same rights and privileges that every Swiss born is guaranteed. That is what makes these societies better than any theocracy of any religion. And that is why people of all creeds and races flock to such places.
I don't know, maybe that is just the American in me talking. The American who was raised to believe that all are created equal and all have a right to religious freedom. I myself am an irreligious agnostic, but that doesn't make me intolerant of other people's beliefs, so long as they are tolerant of mine. I would hope for cooperation and friendship amongst differing parties, such as the one between Muslims and Jews in this Northern Virginia community http://wisdomofreligion.blogspot.com/2009/... If more people could live their lives in such a fashion, this world would be a much better place. Sadly, there are plenty of my countrymen who would would not agree with my sentiments and who would happily jump on board the Swiss People's Party band wagon. That's the way it is, all over the world, but not always.
Well, now you may be saying "these minarets are interfering with my beliefs and my right to be free of religion." Well, I disagree. The real moral of this story is not a rejection of minarets, but rather an embracing of intolerance, xenophobia. The real outrage is that people fell for scary commercials and large posters with foreboding messages.
The referendum outcome in Switzerland was the result of, as stated before, bigotry and xenophobia, but also fear...especially fear, plain and simple. How do you get people on your side? You scare the shit out of them and you make posters like these...
Yep, a dark and ominous poster with a dark looking woman wrapped up in a dark burqua and of course, the dark, ominous minarets jutting out of a Swiss flag, like half a dozen threatening missiles. On top of that, you rile up the feminists and scare them with the bogeyman of sharia law and patriarchal tyranny, that these minarets (of which out of the 150 or so mosques and prayer rooms in Switzerland the incredibly high count of 4...count 'em FOUR...already exist and get this, they were planning on constructing 2 more of these minarets! And none of which emanate the call to prayer. My god, hide your children and lock the doors ) are just a stepping stone to theocratic rule, once again, despite the fact that...
"close to 90 percent of Muslims in Switzerland are from Kosovo and Turkey, and most do not adhere to the codes of dress and conduct associated with conservative Muslim countries." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/30/world/eu...
Never mind any of those pesky "facts" and "rationalities," let fear and irrationality; xenophobia and bigotry prevail.
Posted by Libertas1776 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Nov 21st 2009, 06:00 PM
To whoever donated in my name for the DU drive, all I can say is...well...I really cannot say anything. I am truly at a loss for words. I'll try and muster whatever words I can in the hopes of expressing, with the utmost sincerity, about how I feel. I think the best way I can do that is with these two quotes. Here is the first, a quote from American author and publisher William Feather:
"Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim."
Secondly, this Malayan proverb:
"One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind."
Before I get all vaclempt, let me just close and say to whoever you are, where ever you are, I hope you see this...
Thank You, ¡Gracias!, Obrigado!, Merci!, شكرا لك, 谢谢!, דאַנקען איר and Dankon!
I'm a guy that rarely gets emotional, beyond your standard teary eyes. Hell, I really haven't had a full blown cry, I mean the whole waterworks since I was a little kid. But this time, I couldn't keep it down. I had to let it out.
Somehow I got into this discussion with my older brother and my mother about gay marriage. Actually, I think it started about that kid who refuses to stand and say the pledge until gay people can get married. Somehow, someway, over time it devolved into this shouting match mostly between my brother and I. They're accepting of me, and have no qualms with gays getting married, but like most straight people, they are pretty nonchalant about it. I guess I must have said to my mother how most heterosexual couples, for the sake of argument, don't appreciate "marriage" for what its worth. And I'm not talking about all the lovey dovey, white wedding, eternal bond stuff. I simply mean the legality of it and the plethora of rights and privileges it promises...for straight couples at least.
And then my bro chimed in saying how he would just settle down with some girl and didn't feel the need for "marriage" or any type of legal bond. I continued by explaining what marriage really meant, beyond the ceremony. I explained about legal rights, ownership, taxes, real estate, hospitals, and especially kids. And of course, he was being nonchalant about it, not seeing the seriousness of it, and pretty much blowing it off. He continued by explaining how he didn't really care whether or not he had kids. (I hate to get personal about this but I just gotta share it: this coming from a guy who is single and really longing for a girl right now and dreaming about buying a house and most of all...having kids!) All he could do was dismiss me and pretty much mock me...at least that is what it felt like to me.
I tried so hard to explain everything to my mother who...well, the only way I think I can describe her is like Edith Bunker. She means well, but most things just go right over her head. It's really difficult to have a serious conversation with her. Anyway, no matter how much I would explain the benefits of marriage (the right to see your sick partner in his or her hospital bed, the right to jointly adopt, all she could say in return was "I don't understand." It was almost maddening trying to explain to her and to him what it really means to be married in this country. Eventually, I got very emotional and couldn't hold it in. And all they could say "Why are you crying?" As soon as I got emotional, she got emotional, and from there it was a whole mess. I really lost it when she said to my brother, through her crying, that whatever the reason I was like this aka crying and shouting, he should just leave me alone. Whatever the reason?!!! The past 20 minutes that I was explaining everything possible, and the past ten minutes that I was all emotional, you still don't even know what the hell I am talking about? It was as if I had been talking in a foreign language for 20 minutes.
That's what really got to me...the futility of my argument. No matter how much I would explain and explain and explain all she could say in return was I don't understand, as if she had said, I don't know why you are making a big deal about this. All along, my brother would roll his eyes, chuckle, and dismiss me (also, as if to say, "Why are you making such a big deal?") If you have ever been in an argument like this, you'll know what I am talking about. It's like when you are in an argument with someone and there is a third party in the middle. All the while, it seems like the third party is oblivious to the person who is arguing with you and their actions (rolling eyes, chuckling) and only notices you. Believe me, when you're in a heated argument and someone does that to you, it's like someone scratching a chalk board with their finger nails, it just pisses you off beyond believe and causes you to raise your voice even more. And then the third party i.e. my mother says why are you shouting, what's wrong? I know, it sounds so childish and stupid, but that is the way it felt.
The problem with her, like so many heterosexuals, is she is jaded. Married for umpteen years to a pretty crappy spouse. To them, it's like "Why would anybody want to be 'married,' it's just a pain in the ass. Why do you want to be miserable?" Meanwhile, there is an entire underclass in this nation of men and women, Christian, Jewish, atheist, black, brown, white and every other color under the sun who would do anything to marry the one they love, and by marry I mean form not only a bond of love and unity, but also form a bond that leaves them secure in their relationship. It allows them to know that both are equal parents of their children; that both will be able to see each other if either is lying sick or even dying in a hospital bed. Even if you are a heterosexual couple and plan on having kids, a house, etc. you can't just cohabitate together without having some type of legal bond, be it "marriage" as we understand it, a civil union, domestic partnership etc. between each other. Otherwise, prepare for a complicated legal cluster fuck of red tape and restrictions.
Unfortunately, that is the way for gay couples all over America, who are not fortunate enough to live in a handful of states in New England or Iowa. I just wish they would understand. Please, straight people, just because a lot of you may be sick of the idea of "marriage," don't downgrade the importance and legality of it; stop taking it for granted. Stop blowing your money on expensive galas for your bride zillas. A ceremony is just a ribbon cutting for what follows. That is what is important. If I or anyone else like me could simply walk up to a judge and get "married" right there in his chambers, that would be enough for me.
I'm not really mad at them, I just wish they could understand how I feel, and my anger. Aw, well, this may not add up to a hill a beans but I really just anted to get this out.
So, my little...actually, quite long, rant is over.
sigh, Now I need to get some more tissues
Posted by Libertas1776 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Nov 10th 2009, 03:34 PM
The day that a Neil Simon play is considered passé is the day that Broadway is dead.
This little rant that I am about to posit is a result of the closure of a revival of Neil Simon's classic, "Brighton Beach Memoirs," after only a week of performances and as a result, the complete scuttling of its sequel, "Broadway Bound" which was to play simultaneously with much of the same cast. Why? Because of poor ticket sales, despite the fact that Broadway ticket sales overall are doing quite well. The website of the play http://www.theneilsimonplays.com /
Left, the older Eugene Morris Jerome of "Broadway Bound," Josh Grisetti, Mother Jerome played by Laurie Metcalf, and of course, Neil Simon, as well as the young Eugene of "Brighton Beach memoirs," Noah Robbins. The Jerome Household in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
This article from the NY Daily News sums up a lot the current state of Broadway "Theater."
The Broadway audience, which highbrows condescended to, especially when it was at its height, in the decades after World War II, was certainly centered in New York. It was middle class (with significant exceptions both higher and lower on the social ladder.) It had a higher percentage of Jews than the population at large.
It also went way beyond the Hudson. In the decades after the war Broadway was a significant factor in middle class life all across the country. It was not only New Yorkers who knew Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams (not to mention all the major figures of our musical theater.) Those names counted for something in every major city across the country, in part because their plays toured immediately after they finished their Broadway run, often with the original stars. That was how a little boy in Milwaukee (moi) became entranced with the theater.
The tourists who come to New York now, I'm afraid, are not really an audience. Their idea of entertainment is more likely a rock concert than an evening of theater. Seeing a Broadway show is one of the things they're supposed to do while they're here, like visiting the Statue of Liberty or riding the subway.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/culture/2...
That pretty much sums up the Broadway theater goer of today, "their idea of entertainment is more likely a rock concert," which would probably explain the inexplicable flocking of people to "Rock of Ages"
or would much rather prefer to see big name pretty face actors like Jude Law in "Hamlet"
or Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in "A Steady Rain."
Or even a nice, safe, kid friendly Disney production of "Mary Poppins" or the "Lion King."
A short description of "Memoirs" from Wikipedia...
Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in 1937, the coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, as well as Kate's sister Blanche and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie.
A short description of "Broadway Bound" from Wikipedia...
The play is about Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, dealing with their parents' relationship falling apart as they are working together to becoming aspiring comedy writers for the radio, and, eventually, television.
For those of you that have seen a theatrical performance or big screen adaptation of this play, or by extention any other great Neil Simon play ( The Odd Couple , The Prisoner of Second Ave , Lost in Yonkers , The "Eugene Trilogy" ( Brighton Beach Memoirs , Biloxi Blues , Broadway Bound )just to name a few, as well as Simon's works that were exclusively made for the screen: The Out-of-Towners , The Lonely Guy , The Odd Couple Part II and so on) will understand the inestimable greatness and humor of this great American playwright and screenwriter.
To me, this is truly an indictment of the new Broadway audience and a general dumbing down of the American populace. Like the rest of New York today, its not about substance anymore. It's about glitz, big flashing lights, corporate sponsors, loud music, and big names. As for Neil Simon, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams,...well...their just passé as far as modern theater is concerned. But for me, they, especially Neil Simon, will never be past their prime or outdated. They will survive and linger on in the conscious of the American theater-scape, on community stages and in non-profit theater groups, as long as there are people who appreciate their greatness and ability to capture the people's conscious.
I tip my hat to you, Mr Simon, and will be forever grateful for your contribution to American theatrical culture and comedy.
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