Tuesday, November 25, 2008
i am currently finishing up a 10 day round of prednisone after being diagnosed with the walking pneumonia and who the hell gets walking pneumonia anyway?? prednisone is a powerful thing when you can't breath but the side effects are hell. i have become a seething, weeping mess and the kind of person that threatens people with their morning muffin. the other day i attacked an unsuspecting parking meter and beat hell out of it just because it wasn't functioning. i cry through comedies. i cry through tragedies. i cry through lunch. i cry myself to sleep. i cry because i cry and then i put my fist through a wall. yea for stability!! i'm looking forward to getting back to normal and also the continued function of my lungs. quiet down rebellious alveoli and riotous bronchiole tubes!! enough, order will be restored. anyway, here's to all those who have ever held aloft the prednisone cocktail or been forced to deal with someone who has.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
we finally get bush out of the white house, why then can we not get nagin out of city hall? why won't he just resign and move to texas or jamaica where he spends most of his time anyway? it is appalling that as crime continues to spike, nagin insist on creating controversy elsewhere rather than address the real issues. it seems to me that he has taken a page right out of bush's book. anytime something goes wrong in the bush administration, they just up the terror alert and panic everyone into forgetting what a shitty job he is doing. now, as the recovery is all but at a stand still and crime is soaring, nagin is disseminating lies about councilwoman head, accusing her of race baiting. he continues to do this despite the fact that those who have actually heard the tape of the altercation say that there is nothing with which to back up such allegations. how is this useful? how does this help the recovery? how does this manage our crime? how does this lure business and tourists to the city? hell, nagin has not even listened to the tape. my god! i really do believe the bastard has lost his mind. if i were head, i would sue nagin for slander and defamation of character. this whole exchange saddens me, coming as it does on the heels of the historic election of a black man to president of the united states. obama becoming president gives me hope than america can move past the color of someone's skin and band together as a country but i guess there will always be small minded people. nagin has no place here. he has over stayed his welcome. i don't care if his term is far from being over, it is time for him to do the right thing and move on. not only does new orleans have to clean up after katrina but we now need to tidy up his mess as well.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
with the passage of proposition 8, the lesbian and gay community suffered a blow to be sure but i feel it helps to stop and take stock of just how far things have progressed. it is especially telling that here we are no longer closeted but out and fighting for our right to marry but this is not the case in many countries. nations that embrace islam typically tend to put homosexuals to death. in india(a democracy), homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to ten years in prison. indian males are often subject to blackmail in order to keep their secret safe while their lesbian counterparts fall victim to rape. yes, we still have a long way to go in this country but we also have much to be grateful for as well. we also owe a debt of gratitude to those that went before us, demanding equality. i believe with perseverance that we shall erode the final obstacles but i sincerely hope that when that day comes, we then turn our attention to our fellow activists in other countries that do not look so tolerably on our kind. here is to equality the world over.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
the homosexual community had some set backs this election. california passed the much publicized proposition 8 and states such as florida, arizona, and arkansas followed suit with anti-homosexual legislation. i find it appalling that there can be laws on the books that basically disenfranchise united states' citizens. i have said this before, the state should recognized civil unions only. marriage is a religious affirmation. the state has no business favoring a union between a man and a woman but not two men. once upon a time, interracial marriage was forbidden. it is easy to feel slighted by these circumstances and yet after the election of obama, a prevailing sense of hope is in the air. if this country can shift its outlook by electing a black president, then i have hope that one day it will not matter what your sexual orientation is. if you make an advance towards a straight person, you will get a polite "no thanks," instead of being beaten and left for dead in the cold wyoming night. i believe that one day it will not matter if the soldier fighting next to you is gay and when that soldier goes home from war, he or she will go home to the same freedoms as the straight person he or she fought beside. perhaps it does not seem like such a big deal, this right to wed. there are many heterosexuals that would rather be dead than married. yet, it makes all the difference in the world, if you or your partner is ill. imagine being barred from visiting your dying lover in the hospital and all the years you spent together becoming meaningless before the hardened faces of that person's family. you can believe homosexuality is a sin but in this country, we have been taught that there is a separation of church and state. this means that your religious beliefs should not rob me of my rights. isn't it time we started adhering to that constitutional protection? these are your fellow citizens. you have an obligation to stand up for them. if you don't do it for them, do it for yourselves. the erosion of one man's rights, is the erosion of all our rights. we either breath free together or we are enslaved as one.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
i am incredibly proud of my country right now. i am awed that we broke from old racial biases to elect the first african american. i am happy that united states citizens, who suffered through the pre-civil rights years and the hard fought days of change in places like selma, were able to cast their votes for obama. i am astounded that voter turn out was so high especially among what has historically been the apathetic youth. i am elated that we finally had enough of the republicans and sent a clear message to the world via a landslide. it has been a long eight years but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. i am optimistic of america's future. i know times are difficult and there is much work to do but i believe that we can accomplish anything we set our minds on. barack obama is not perfect and there will be things that we will disagree with him on but now is the time for unity. now is the time to give him a chance to move us forward. i am grateful to see bush go but i am even more thankful that a vapid former beauty queen is not a heart beat away from the presideny. hell yes, we motherfucking did it!! amen.
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