A few weeks ago I posted about the passing of Prop 8 in California.  More accurately, I posted a video of Keith Olbermann going off on it along with an excerpt from Atticus Circle’s website.  Well, I called that post “That’s Not All I Have to Say About That…but It’s a Start…“…so hang on to your hat…’cause I’ve got some more to say now!

Tomorrow, December 10th, is Human Rights Day and coinciding with it is a movement happening called Day without Gay in order to raise awareness of discriminatory legislation.  An excerpt of the letter I got from Atticus Circle explains it best:

This month, Join the Impact is asking for the members of the LGBT community to call in “gay” to work on December 10th, Human Rights Day, and devote their day to a non-profit organization.

Atticus Circle understands that for many in the LGBT community, calling in “gay” would jeopardize their job; for others, it could cause financial problems. We also want to give an opportunity to the thousands of straight supporters who want to participate in this event, but are unsure of how to do so.

Therefore, all we are asking from our friends and supporters on December 10th is to write at least one straight friend, asking him/her to stand with you in this civil rights struggle. You don’t need to write your own letter; we have a program on our website (www.AtticusCircle.org/DayWithoutAGay) which will send out an already drafted letter to your friend. All you need to do is fill in his/her email address. The process only takes 5 minutes, but it is really an effective way to raise awareness of discriminatory legislation, and promote Atticus Circle’s mission to advance equal rights for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

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I live in western Washington State, as some regular readers may have already guessed.  Of a pool of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., The Emerald City (aka Seattle) is second only to San Francisco in its per capita gay population.  The Seattle Times ran an article only two years ago that estimated that 12.5% of our city’s population identifies as gay/lesbian or bisexual…seriously, check it out

Seattle is a very progressive city.  A very Eco-friendly/Green city, we place in the top 20 in the world, and the top 10 in the nation.  We have a bustling “gay district” and an activist-minded gay community.  (Closet?  What’s a closet?  We don’t need no steenkin’ closets!  Wait…yes, we do, but only for all our Fabulous Clothes!)  Seattle’s big Gay Pride Weekend is held every every year in June, culminating in the Pride Parade downtown and attended by hordes of people, straight and gay and otherwise.  Not to mention that the original Join the Impact organization is based here in Seattle…and at the demonstration march last month, we had an estimated 12,000 people march down Broadway from Volunteer Park to Westlake Center downtown!  I mean, we’ve given the world Dan Savage, for Zeus sake!

Now, Seattle/King County, in the western part of Washington, contributes the largest percentage of population to the state as a whole and this results in creating a pretty progressive state.  In the 20 years I’ve called Seattle my home, Washington State has as a whole has consistently gone Blue/Democrat across the board, even despite those what-ever-they-are-s on the other side of the Cascades (aka the mountains).  Being more agriculturally focused, Eastern Washingtonians sometimes make it hard to get some things all us Western Washingtonians want legislated state-wide, but the truth is the numbers are on this side of the mountains…and we usually all get along eventually.

My point is, even as progressive as we are, Washington State does not have legislation in place to equally protect all its citizens…no okay on gay marriage.  This breaks my heart.  This pisses me off to no end!  This makes me want to frakin’ scream and shout and quit my job to help make it happen!  (Wait…I don’t have a job right now…hmm…)  WTF is WRONG with this picture!?!

Okay, I think you get the picture.  I’ve said my piece…for now.  That said:

I am thankful I live in Seattle, the Emerald City.  I love its openness, its greenness (both eco and vegetation).  I love that I don’t need a car to get where I want.  I love that we have an exuberant gay scene, that we have a vocal activist scene, that we have a thriving kink scene.  I love that the summers ROCK and are the best  and most beautiful of any of the many places I have lived…ever. 

And that’s all I have to say about that…for now.

 

© 2008 D. Kessler

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(Extended Revised Post)

Sarah Palin, October 17, 2008, Flight from Ohio to Indiana (full article at CNNPolitics):

QUESTION: Governor, the Washington Post and Peggy Noonan both said independently today that you are unqualified to be commander in chief. How do you respond to that?

PALIN: Well, we talked a lot already about my executive experience that will be put to good use as vice president and if heaven forbid, anything happened to John McCain, if we’re so blessed to be elected president and vice president, that executive experience will be put to good use, as coming from a mayor and a manager, small business owner and a governor and a regulator of oil and gas. That’s important, but as important is the world view that I share with John McCain and the intentions that we have there to put in place policies that will put government back on the side of the American people and we’ll win these wars and help secure our nation. Those things all put together will be put to good use and if I felt I was not ready I would never have said yes, I wanna take on this responsibility, this challenge, this opportunity to run for vice president as his partner.

There are so many things wrong with this response alone, I just don’t even know where to begin.  I’m so flabbergasted that all I can say is…Who the heck (if anyone) taught this woman to speak in public?!?  She can’t even talk coherently!

Now, Sarah Palin is technically only the Vice Presidential candidate, and not actually running for President.  The Vice President of the United States is in charge of presiding over the Senate (running the floor debates, etc).  In recent administrations, the VP has also taken part in a fair amount of diplomatic duties not originally included in the job description provided by the Constitution.  Therefore, with such responsibilities, don’t we need a Vice President who has a very good, if not exceptional, grasp of the English language…ESPECIALLY in terms of verbal usage and live speaking??

If her not-so-commanding use of her native tongue doesn’t prove how ridiculous it would be to put her in office as VP, add the oft-revisited-fact that she would be only one seat away from possibly having to step in as President should anything happen to John McCain (more cancer, death by old age…etc).  Let’s take a comparative look at the population statistics  for 2006, compliments of the US Census Bureau.  Since I live in Seattle, Washington (the other Washington), I included, for comparison, stats for Seattle, King County and Washington State, as well as the states of Delaware for Joe Biden and Illinois for Barak Obama.

People QuickFacts – US Census Bureau
Wasilla City     not available, however was 5,469 in 2000
Alaska                                670,053
Delaware                           853,476
Illinois                          12,831,970
Seattle                                582,454
King Co.                          1,826,732
Washington State     6,395,798
USA                             299,398,484

You’ll notice that Alaska’s total STATEWIDE population is only 87,569 more than the CITY of Seattle and is over 1 million LESS than King County, alone…and Washington State’s population is over 9.5 times larger than Alaska!

Larger population means more and larger, intricate and delicate issues.  So, the way I look at it, she isn’t even qualified for the job of King County Executive, let alone Governor of Washington State!  Yet, with a US population of over 200 million people she and the Republican party think that she can pull off the job of VP?!

Come on…This joke has got to stop…NOW.

By comparison, the state of Illinois, has over 19 times the population of Alaska…and Delaware has 183,423 more people (packed into only 2,489 sq miles) than all of Alaska (663,267 sq miles)!  So, um…who has the experience behind them to do the job?

Go HOME, Sarah.  PLEEEZ go HOME…You are by NO MEANS qualified for any office at the Federal level.  Hell, you’re not even qualified to be Mayor of… (insert major US city here)!

© 2008 D. Kessler