jenk: Faye (FayeAtComputer)
Republicans claim to be for small government conservatism. So they're for letting municipalities set their own laws, right? Writing on North Carolina's recent anti-LGBT bill:

[The legislative blitz] wasn’t only a bathroom bill, though. That was the pretext — state legislation to override Charlotte’s city law protecting LGBT civil rights. But the effect — explicitly written into this new law — reaches far beyond just this immediate anti-LGBT pretext. The law claims for the state the right to overrule and override any local or municipal regulation — specifically mentioning local minimum-wage laws and child-labor laws.

So this isn’t just about prohibiting Charlotte from protecting the civil rights of LGBT residents. It’s also about preventing Charlotte from raising the minimum wage. Or preventing Charlotte — or any other municipality — from, say, requiring better water-safety standards than whatever state lawmakers might decide. It’s a centralized, top-down, Raleigh-knows-best power-grab by the capital. Because, again, small government conservatism.


Source

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Oct. 17th, 2010 04:40 pm
jenk: Faye (Money)
The chart that made me think that the state income tax initiative (1098) should pass:



I first saw it, along with others, in The Stranger. I already thought that having a more diverse income stream would make state government easier to manage, but this brought home the unfairness of our current consumption-based state tax structure. It's harder on those who have less income.

(Yes, currently I wouldn't be subject to the income tax established by 1098. But there were a few years with MS "ordinary income" stock options that I would've been, so this isn't totally academic to me.)
jenk: Faye (Tea)
Thank you [livejournal.com profile] zoethe:
The collapse of the WTC towers shocked the whole country, and much of the world. It staggered us. It deserved outrage and grief and anger.

But a staggered USA should not have stopped at that stage. This is not the worst loss of innocents, the worst destruction at the hands of enemies the world has ever known. In World War II The Blitz killed over 43,000 Brits, half of them Londoners. They lived under a reign of terror that wasn't just an abstract possibility. It was repeated night after night.

And when it was over, they rebuilt. Because that's what you do. Or what you should do.

Instead, we have been so paralyzed by this one attack, and so willing to believe that our grief is unique in the history of the world, that [...] we have turned the damaged site into a continuing monument to fear.

Stop worrying about the mosque three blocks away being some kind of victory for the jihadists; the gaping hole of Ground Zero is the best victory monument we could possibly build for them.
[...]
We do not honor the fallen dead by surrendering the heart of New York City to the effects caused by the hijackers. We instead hand victory to the jihadists by fostering that wound into a cultural stigmata. It's time to defy them by rebuilding and refusing to live in terror.
The entirety is worth reading too.
jenk: Faye (knowing)
...of the WWII-era Waltons episode "The Fire Storm" where the reverend arranges a burning of German books. John-Boy spots a book on the to-be-burned pile and asks if anyone can read German. One woman bravely steps forward, and reads:
Am Anfang schuf Gott Himmel und Erde. Und die Erde war wüst und leer, und es war finster auf der Tiefe; und der Geist Gottes ...
Then in English:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God spoke, Let there be light ...
....and the preacher seems not all that interested in book burning anymore.

It might be a good thing I'm not near any churches planning to burn Korans; I might *BUY* an Arabic Bible just to add it to their stack. فِي الْبَدْءِ خَلَقَ اللهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ،

[Found it on YouTube; the quotes start about 4 minutes in, and were longer than I remembered. Oh, and John Ritter played the preacher. *tilt*]
jenk: Faye (MoandSyd)
Cyndi Lauper, musician whose True Colors Fund advocates for the lesbian, gay and transgender community: "Today's landmark ruling ... validates that the discrimination gay couples face must come to an end. We as a society should be embracing these couples and helping them make the lifelong commitment to each other that many of us straight people take for granted each and every day."

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for all Californians to consider our history of leading the way to the future, and our growing reputation of treating all people and their relationships with equal respect and dignity."

CNN

[Icon shows Mo and Sydney from Dykes To Watch Out For]

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Jul. 13th, 2010 09:20 pm
jenk: Faye (OfficeMouseCoffee)
  • 10:14 Washington's primary is August 17, 2010. Too sooon! I don't wanna think about politics! (Mail registration/updates due 7/19 bit.ly/kcvotereg)
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jenk: Faye (WomenInThePriesthood)
I saw this over on Slacktivist, and I'm only quoting a portion here:
[Wednesday, Glenn] Beck told his radio listeners to "look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church Web site. ... If you find [them], run as fast as you can. ... They are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!"

As Joe Carter noted at First Things, taking Beck's advice would require all Roman Catholics to leave that church, since "Social Justice" is -- for Catholics as for almost every longstanding Christian denomination -- an integral aspect of the church's teaching. ("Social Justice" is, in fact, the title of Section One, Chapter Two, Article 3 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.) 

Glenn Beck continued his attack on "social justice" [Thursday], arguing that it entails "a perversion of the gospel" and is "not what Jesus would say" (MediaMatters has the audio).

This is an astonishing claim to anyone who's ever had a Bible and their eyes open at the same time. Justice is an inescapable, relentless, pervasive, nearly omnipresent theme of that entire volume. It is impossible to read the law and the prophets, the Gospels and epistles, the histories, wisdom literature and apocalypse without being confronted incessantly with the theme of justice, justice, justice, justice, justice, justice, justice.
Searching for "justice" in online versions of the Bible: NIV, NASB, The Message - just the word, not the theme.  Some of the results:
  1. Exodus 23:6
    "When there is a dispute concerning your poor, don't tamper with the justice due them.
  2. Leviticus 19:15
    "Don't pervert justice. Don't show favoritism to either the poor or the great. Judge on the basis of what is right.
  3. Proverbs 31:8
    "Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!"
  4. Luke 11:42
    " But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
Yes, I know (and have attended) churches that talk about social justice and seek to practice it through education, voter registration, sponsoring immigrants, welcoming gays and lesbians, hosting homeless shelters, Amnesty International, AA, providing tax help, and so forth. But the biggie is building a culture where fairness and justice actually prevail.  Is it too much to hope that Beck is going to get people thinking about this stuff again?
jenk: Faye (StainedGlassAngel)
Not having HBO, I figured someone would link to it. From what I'm seeing online, it sounds like HBO didn't broadcast it - to which I say, ouch. It's rare for something this solemn to make me both tear up and laugh, but this did. The laugh was at:

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Full text behind the cut )
jenk: Faye (MoandSyd)
This may not seem important. [livejournal.com profile] siderea gets into why it was:

What was taught in the psychiatry classrooms of the US -- what had been taught since the mid-1940s [...was...] that same-sex sexual desire was not an ordinary human experience, but necessarily a symptom of a grave and disabling insanity. You could not desire members of your own sex, they taught, without also being a sociopath who would lie, cheat, steal, and rape (anything or anyone) at the slightest opportunity. Homosexuality -- for those of you who are clinicians -- was a personality disorder.
[...]
And this was, they insisted, necessarily so. You couldn't have the symptom of same-sex desire without this attendant whole personality illness, that pervaded every aspect of your life, the total of your personality. You could not be a person of character, could not have close human relationships, could not control your impulses or appetites in any way, they said.

This is what was taught. This was what was taught to psychiatrists. All of them, pretty much. For thirty years.

I was born in 1966. My earliest memories are from the early 70s. By the time I was grappling with my sexuality it was the mid-to-late 80s, and the only serious anti-gay voices I heard were religious.1 This helps fill in some of why the older folks seemed so wigged at the idea, especially those who didn't know they knew anyone who was gay or lesbian.

What changed this? A combination of activism and education on the research that had been done - outside of the psychiatric field.

Among that research the most astonishing was Evelyn Hooker's 1956 "The Adjustment of the Male Overt Homosexual". It was a gold-standard, double-blind experiment. Psychiatry claimed that homosexuality could not exist without all sorts of other debilitating effects throughout the personality. Very well, said Hooker: let's test that hypothesis. She recruited thirty gay men who had never had therapy and thirty controls who were matched for them on age, socioeconomic status and intelligence. Each was given the standard, most esteemed, tests for psychopathology then in use. Their anonymized results were shipped to three highly esteemed experts on those measures, to be graded.

And what was returned was that the very best experts in psychological testing for psychopathology, using the best tools of the day, could not tell the gay from straight respondants on the basis of pathology -- or at all. The rate of psychopathology in the two populations was almost identical, with the gay subjects being just a tad better adjusted.

This research made an enormous splash in psychology, but psychiatry wasn't ready to hear it in the 1950s.

Psychiatry was ready to hear it in 1973.
There's a lot more goodness here.

1[livejournal.com profile] cooncat reminded me that I certainly heard anti-gay slurs and crass jokes. But the serious "authority" anti-gay voices were pushing the "It's against God" reasoning, not "Gays are by definition insane" reasoning. Even the anti-gay initiatives of the time resulted in publicizing research that shows that gays are normal.
jenk: Faye (read)
From the New York Times, on security measures in Obama's neighborhood:

Most modern presidents have had a ranch, farm or estate easily isolated from the community around it. Mr. Obama is the first since Richard M. Nixon to be elected while living in a urban neighborhood, and Mr. Nixon soon sold his New York City apartment and retreated during his presidency to exclusive getaways in Florida and California. Mr. Obama, by contrast, is expected to keep his Chicago home.
jenk: Faye (OnlyRevealsWhatSheWants)
In the "Did evangelicals go for Obama or did it not matter that they went for McCain?" discussion comes this nugget...

Overall, the religious vote for Obama did not reflect a massive shift in ideology and priorities among evangelicals but rather muscle-flexing by a coalition of others of faith--including and especially African-American churchgoers and Latinos who tend to be both more religious and more socially conservative than the population at large. The pro-Obama faithful represent a wild diversity of the American religious experience, including mainline Protestants, church-shoppers, the curious, the spiritual but not religious, the heterodox (those who subscribe to several traditions), the intermarried, the community-minded, the intellectually provoked but skeptical, and the traditionalists. Indeed, it includes almost every committed person of faith except those whose church culture insists on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Lisa Miller: A Post-Evangelical America?

Yes, for the non-evangelicals out there, that latter is one of the differences between evangelicals and other Christians. (And unlike what I was taught as a child, no, it's not that other Christians don't pray. ;)

On a related note, Washington's voter turnout is expected to be almost 85%.

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Nov. 5th, 2008 12:10 am
jenk: Faye (Default)
  • 08:51 Voting at Redmond jr high: Busy but lines are few.
  • 12:31 At the bar at CPK with Jesse. Bar TV tuned to CNN.
  • 13:29 Claire has peanut butter M&Ms. Pass it on.
  • 14:20 Feeling calm about the election but finding it nearly impossible to concentrate on work ....
  • 17:48 Yoga, or go straight to the election night gathering at home?
  • 17:51 Would doing yoga in a yurt make me yogurt?
  • 21:40 Picture tour of county vote factory - tinyurl.com/5o97e8
  • 22:54 I think I just quit holding my breath for the first time in ... um ... a while.

Automatically copied from http://www.twitter.com/jenk3 via LoudTwitter cause it's easy :)
jenk: Faye (Default)
Last day to register to vote online in Washington State is Friday.

Those of us in King County can confirm our registration status here - including polling place, which districts you're in, and which races / measures will be on your ballot. Nifty.

More on registration in WA ) I don't know the deadlines for all states, but google is your friend :)
jenk: Faye (Default)
From today's P-I:
New voters are registering in King County at a rate well above 10,000 a month [...] The county's rolls included just under 1,041,000 voters as of Friday. The all-time high is the 1,082,406 voters registered for the 2004 general election, the last time races for president and governor appeared on the ballot.

More than 30 percent of the state's voters are registered in King County. The statewide total was just under 3,430,000 Friday, compared with the record of 3,508,208 in 2004.

Per Wikipedia, the census bureau estimated in 2006 that King has a population of 1,835,300 and Washington overall has 6,395,798 - which puts King at 28.7% of the state's population - and means we do have a higher proportion of registered voters than population.

That would also mean King has over 50% of its population registered. (Of course, those under 18 can't vote, so there's a certain amount of those in the total population that can't register.)

For the non-locals: Read more... )
jenk: Faye (Default)
If you've moved in the last year or two, have you updated your voters' registration?

Locals:
Eligible citizens with a Washington State driver’s license or Washington State ID card may register online via http://www.vote.wa.gov

Voter registration forms are available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Cambodian, Korean, Laotian, Russian and Vietnamese. Forms can be downloaded at http://www.vote.wa.gov.

Registered voters in the state of Washington are required to:

  • be citizens of the United States;
  • have lived in Washington State for at least 30 days;
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day; and
  • have had their voting rights restored if they were ever convicted of a felony.

Federal and state law requires citizens to provide identification to register to vote, such as a Washington driver’s license or Social Security number. Other ID forms are valid under the law.

Reed pointed out that Washington’s registered voters do not have to reregister to vote in each election.

"The upcoming deadlines are strictly for those people who are not currently registered to vote in our state or who need to update their registration because they have moved or changed their name,” Reed said.
— from the Washington Secretary of State website
The really locals (King County) can check their registration status here - including polling place, which districts you're in, and so forth. Nifty.
jenk: Faye (RainInSeattle)
Secretary of State's office is doing a fun thing - pictures of people who are pledging to vote.

http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/iwillvote/

Some have signs, some have shaped food into "I will vote", etc. One photo is also the background at http://twitter.com/secstatewa

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