Not very surprising that the National Coalition of Anti-Violence announced that hate crimes against gay people increased 4%. That doesn’t sound like much; but combine it with an insane 26% increase the year before…
I can only attribute this increase to the efforts of conservative political and christian groups who are stirring people up against gays over same sex marriage.
I have to believe that thier intention is not to harm people. To make the country think less of a group of their fellow Americans. And yet, how can they continue to demonize LGBT folk and honestly think that they are not in some small way responsible? As a public figure whether locally or internationally, you are responsible when your words incite others to take action. If it is not the action you intended, you are still responsible. Humans are not that easily manipulated; oftentime the unintended reaction happens, and you as a public figure must temper your messages accordingly. So yes. It is your fault. You have blood on your hands. And all over the fact that you have issues with who other people spend their lives with. Doesn’t that seem just a little…strange? Don’t you have more important causes to go wave your flag at? Like….oh I dunno…maybe..war? poverty? hunger? illiteracy? joblessness? Get a life people. Leave these people, many of them who are honest, hard working, decent … just like you claim to be…leave them alone.
Never judge a book by its cover.
Never assume a person’s opinions by the sports he likes, the job he does, the place he lives, or the way he dresses.
Enemies are everywhere…and so are friends. And you don’t know which is which until you talk to them.
It’s the second time I’ve said or thought those words this week.
The first time was far funnier than the second:
One of my managers is retiring after 35 years. He is very well respected by nearly everyone he has worked with, being one of those few managers who understands the value of his employees, champions for them, and maintains a high level of integrity. Plus he’s a really nice guy. It’s gonna suck when he leaves next week…but I digress.
One of the cakes that was purchased for his retirement party had some of those scanned-in pictures in frosting (at least I assume it’s frosting…it’s frosting right?). Now everyone knows that this guy loves going elk hunting. He spends two weeks every November (pretty much the only vacation he ever takes, it seems) to go out into the boonies and hunt elk. So this cake has on it these lovely pictures of these elk. Now finally the irony: The pictures came from an Elk Preservation website. Ha!
Ok I guess you had to be there. But anyway, now for irony part 2. I read a quote today from a Spanish cardinal, Alfonso Lopez Trujillo:
“One cannot say that a law is right simply because it is law.”
Wow! How true that is. There’s only one problem, and that’s where the irony is: Who is to say what is right? Some Cardinal, with eons of dogma and ranks of superiors to answer to, or me, who only has my own conscience to answer to?
His comment was in reference to the proposed law that most likely will pass in Spain allowing same-sex marriage.
So I say to all these states who are passing laws prohibiting it: One cannot say that a law is right simply because it is law. And any law that takes away freedom and villainizes Americans just because the rest of the country doesn’t agree with who they choose to spend their life with…to me that seems wrong.
I love my house.
I love the fact that I can come home and pick up an axe and chop a random piece of wood in half if I want to.
And that’s exactly what I did.
I’m so lucky!
I was recently cruising the ‘net in search of random Sharepoint ideas. I’d been tasked with finding solutions to a variety of customization and web part development issues, and was theoretically looking for a good map of the object model. I came across Jan Tielens’ blog, who has some really great tips and ideas relating to Sharepoint. Not suprising, since he’s an MVP for SPS, but I digress. One of the solutions he and his pals have dreamed up is the SmartPart, a web part that will host any user control. The great thing about the SmartPart is that now you can use all the VS.NET designer tools for developing web parts, instead of having to code all the visual elements by hand. Great! Here comes the problem though: Jan is a ‘foreign national’ (From Belgium too, my mother would be so proud). I work for a government agency. Soooo…we can’t use any products created outside the US.
Say what?? But this guy is endorsed my Microsoft? An MVP!! And this SmartPart was voted the favorite web part of 2004!
Whatever. How lame is that?
I just heard today that New Order has a new album coming out: Waiting for the Sirens’ Call. Sweet! Put that on my list of albums to check out, along with Modest Mouse, Keane, the new Queens of the Stone Age, and the new Coldplay albums.
I find it interesting every day. This country was created because of one simple reason: religous tyranny. And yet, look at what is happening every day: judges, companies, citizens, politicians are all being threatened and openly or covertly convinced to further what can only be called the ‘religious right agenda’. An agenda of intolerance, hate and oppression. My way or the highway! This is NOT God’s America. This is OUR America. Mine and yours. So take your God out of my country.