Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.
Colin and I eventually got out of bed. There were some post-tour things to take care of here and there, equipment and stuff, but nothing urgent. Laundry. I couldn’t quite motivate myself to sort and wash when I had clean clothes at home. Then Chris told me he had used the last of the detergent, so I had a legitimate excuse for leaving my bags packed for a while. I did go through all the guitar cases and empty out the random things that had collected in them. I hung Christmas Cat Elvis in my window. I wondered if I should buy curtains. I made sure Courtney had a towel and knew what was what in the kitchen. That was about the extent of what I accomplished.
A day or two later I got an answering machine message from Digger. He’d called while I was out buying detergent.( Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )
Glenn Beck can spot a conspiracy from a mile away, and on his program last night the conservative pseudo-professor certainly delivered, claiming that an interview by CNN's Wolf Blitzer this week was the workings of a CNN producer "sympathetic to the atheist plight," Right Wing Watch reports.
The interview in question is from Tuesday, when Blitzer asked a woman who survived this week's massive tornado in Oklahoma, "Do you thank the Lord?" In the interview, the woman laughed and responded disarmingly, "I'm actually an atheist," and the two shared a moment of awkward laughter.
To Beck, though, the question "just wasn't natural," and therefore must have been a plant by some producer who thought it was important "to point out that in the middle of the heartland, there are atheists there too."
Although Beck said the question "doesn't have to be nefarious," he went on to situate the interview as part of something much larger:
"We are not fighting against flesh and bone. We are fighting the forces of spiritual darkness. It doesn't matter what people's intent are. I will tell you: that was there for a reason."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Family Research Council, an SPLC-designated hate group, is running a full-page ad today in the Dallas Morning News urging the Boy Scouts to uphold its ban on gay scouts and leaders, Good As You reports.
They simply don't believe in the concept of well-adjusted LGBT people and don't want us to have rights, opportunities, or basic peace of mind. Let's be clear here: That is the underlying drive that's informing this whole thing.
Check out the ad below.
The BSA is planning a vote today on the proposal to lift the ban on gay scouts (and keep the ban on gay leaders).
Gay Boy Scout Camp Counselor Fired on Camera After Coming Out: VIDEO [tlrd]
Boy Scouts to Vote Today on Proposal to Lift Ban on Gay Scouts [tlrd]
Rep. Jim Bridenstine Blasts 'Intolerant Left' for Bullying the Boy Scouts: VIDEO [tlrd]
Facing charges of sexism over his objectification of women in the new Star Trek film Into Darkness, JJ Abrams appeared on Conan last night and argued that Chris Pine's shirtless body is shown off in the film. He also revealed a very wet, very nipply scene — that was cut — from the film, featuring its villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Jon Stewart's favorite foil Bill O'Reilly appeared on The Daily Show last night and Stewart acknowledged how thrilled FOX News must be over the recent White House troubles. regarding the IRS, and the DOJ and the AP.
They also argue over Muslim profiling, which O'Reilly supports.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Matt Dallas is a recurring character in the upcoming episode of ABC Family series Baby Daddy, which co-stars his former Kyle XY castmate Jean-Luc Bilodeau, so to celebrate the Baby Daddy cast had to get together and do the Kyle XY belly button flashing thing which provides for some amusing pics.
In other Dallas news, he tells E! online that plans for his wedding to musician Blue Hamilton are coming along:
"We talked about it a lot and we've been doing lots of planning, but there's no official date set yet," the hunky 30-year-old actor told us at this weekend's GLAAD Media Awards in L.A.
Dallas says they will "probably go somewhere" outside of L.A. for the wedding, but that there's no chance of him becoming a groomzilla during the planning process.
"No, definitely not," he smiled. "We're both like the most easy going [guys]. For us, it's more about just having a celebration and throwing a party. Yeah, so no stressing out and getting crazy about wedding plans."
Dallas came out in January at the same time he announced he was getting married.
Astronauts aboard the ISS took some incredible shots of Alaska's Pavlof volcano, which began erupting on May 13, 2013, and has been disrupting air travel up near the Aleutian arc where it is situated, approximately 625 miles south of Anchorage.
When photograph ISS036-E-2105 (top) was taken, the space station was about 475 miles south-southeast of the volcano (49.1° North latitude, 157.4° West longitude). The volcanic plume extended southeastward over the North Pacific Ocean.
Two more shots, AFTER THE JUMP...
I bought a new laptop recently, a Lenovo Yoga. It’s the top-of-the line current generation: 13.3″ touchscreen, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, quad-core Intel i7 CPU. Buying it was a fun moment: after shopping around the various retailers, I discovered that the cheapest ones available were from The Microsoft Store. So I drove over there, walked in, and asked for the laptop. The salesman was professional, but he kept trying to (a) upsell me on Office and a customer service package, both of which I repeatedly said I didn’t want, and (b) reassure me time and again that I would enjoy Windows 8 on a laptop with a touchscreen. Finally, after I had paid for it, he handed it to me and said, “Enjoy Windows 8.”
“Not for long,” I told him.
I got it home and decided that I was going to forgo the Gentoo song & dance. I will miss Gentoo, but only a little. Instead, I installed the “user-friendliest” of all Linux distro, Linux Mint. Mint is even better than Ubuntu in a lot of ways, with its nice mix of high-end, “your mom can use it” window managers as well as the Gnome 2.0 maintenance branch known as Mate. I installed Mate, then rehacked the core manager to give me wrap-around keyboard navigation of the multi-desktop handler. (This is a feature that I first encountered in Solaris Motif, and am absolutely confuzzled as to why Metacity, the Gnome/Mate window manager, doesn’t support it.)
Installing Mint was a bit of a dance: first, you have to tell Windows you want to use “Legacy mode.” This unlocks the security features designed to prevent you from installing anything over the base OS. That’s painful enough, but then I put in the Mint USB stick and everything went smoothly– until I needed wireless. The wireless for this laptop isn’t stable yet; I had to install a third-party driver from Github, but there was enough of an environment on the USB stick to support doing so, and then I had wireless.
Mint Just Works. Suspend to disk, automatic media detection, the camera, the sound. There are a few bugs related to the laptop being so new– brightness DOWN works from the keyboard, brightness UP doesn’t. There’s a menu option to control brightness, so it’s not a fatal problem. Most of the problems relate to Yoga’s famous “tablet mode”: The touchscreen isn’t in Grails yet so gesture support isn’t there. I can find in the kernel the endpoints for the motion sensors and gyroscope, but there are no drivers to interpret the signals coming from those hardware components yet, so they don’t emit anything. Screen rotation 180° works fine for movie-watching mode, but 90° in either direction and the touchscreen doesn’t track correctly with finger touches. The system emits the same signal for “transition to/from tablet mode”, so it’s not possible (yet) to detect which mode you’re in. The Windows key in tablet mode is mapped to the same one on the keyboard, so remapping it for other purposes in tablet mode depends on my being able to detect tablet mode.
But those are challenges, not merely problems.
Still, choosing Mint over Gentoo feels like I’m giving up something. Some deep understanding of how all the parts are put together. I found myself chasing down new runlevel operations and other things most people aren’t concerned with, and solving them, so I’m not hopelessly lost. But if I’m deep-diving into writing a new Linux kernel driver to get at the gyroscope and new Grails packages for the touchscreen, pushing aside my understanding of all those other components feels a little disloyal to the tradition of difficult programming from which I come.
Still, as a writing tool, this machine is unbeatable. Instant-on and six hours of battery life are nothing to complain about.
You know that old truism that I just made up: At any given moment, somewhere in the United States, your reproductive rights are being debated by old white men. And right now, it’s in the House of Representatives, where Rep. Franks and these guys are having hearing to discuss his proposed 20-week abortion ban.
The bill originally would have applied only to DC, but now he’s amended it to expand it to the whole country. One can only hope this waste of Congressional time is because he hasn’t gotten the memo that the courts just officially declared Arizona’s 20-week ban unconstitutional. Some staffer should be fired for dropping the ball on that heads-up.
Well, it turns out that Rogers was so heartened by the overwhelming support he received from fellow players, fans, and the American public that he's apparently reconsidered his decision to retire. If he returns to active play, Rogers will be the first openly gay male athlete currently playing in Major League Soccer.
Gay Star News reports that Rogers has been practicing with the Los Angeles Galaxy in recent weeks. At the 2013 Voice Awards last Sunday, he greeted the crowd, thanked them for their support, and credited them for inspiring him to return to professional soccer.
Speaking to reporter Greg Hernandez, Rogers said that there are still some logistical hurdles to be sorted out with his former team, but he's optimistic:
It's just kind of being worked out. Chicago owns my rights and until they trade me to LA, I guess I'm owned by Chicago. It feels amazing to be back in California and obviously back on the soccer field. Just working away...
I'm excited to get back to [playing] and I hope it kind of creates a path for other footballers, for other soccer players to do the same.
Rogers chose not to return to the Chicago Fire because he wants to live closer to his family in Huntington Beach, California.
Here's hoping that everything gets sorted out so this LGBT trailblazer is able to get back on the field. Welcome back, Robbie Rogers!
This May 11th sadly marked the tenth anniversary of the murder of Sakia Gunn of Newark, N.J. And her murder is mired, at best, by myths and, at worst, malicious intent.
Depending, however, on the LGBTQ circles you run in and where you get your news, you may or may not know who she was. For many, Gunn was and still is a small blip on the gay and national news radar screen.
While a nation cried out in horror in 1998 over the brutal killing of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old white gay male student at the University of Wyoming, and the murder of Teena Brandon, a 21-year-old white Nebraskan transgender man (the inspiration for the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry") untold numbers of hate crimes against LGBTQ people of color not only went unreported in mainstream papers, but they rarely saw the light of day in queer ones as well.
Gay and national media have also paid attention to homophobic bullying. The bullying that led to the suicide of LGBTQ youth was on its way to becoming a national epidemic. For example, in the month of September 2010, nine teen suicides were tied to sexual orientation or gender expression, highlighting the disproportionate bullying of our LGBTQ kids and those perceived to be LGBTQ.
One of the suicides that September was that of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after finding out that his college roommate and another classmate had secretly used a webcam to broadcast his sexual encounters with another male, highlighting the dangers of "cyberbullying"-- teasing, harassing, or intimidating with pictures or words distributed online or via text message. The story of Clementi's suicide, and the many others that happened that month, went viral and saturated the media.
However, when the suicide of Joseph Jefferson, a 26-year-old African-American activist for LGBT youth, went largely unnoticed.
"I could not bear the burden of living as a gay man of color in a world grown cold and hateful towards those of us who live and love differently than the so-called 'social mainstream,'" Jefferson posted on his Facebook page the day he killed himself.
Issues of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation trigger a particular type of news broadcasting on major network channels. With many of these network channels' objective to provide viewers with "infotainment" rather than fair and balanced reporting, discerning television viewers--straight and gay--are most often incensed and insulted by the news than informed by it.
With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, we can all look forward to the beginning of slutty clothes season!
"...I think before [President Obama's] second term is over, we're going to see a miracle before our eyes, I believe God is going to answer our prayers and we'll be freed from the yoke of Obamacare. I believe that's going to happen and we saw step one last week with the repeal of Obamacare in the House. We have two more steps. We serve a mighty God and I believe it can happen."
Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
As Steve reported last weekend, Florida’s Sebastian River High School senior Kaitlyn Hunt began a relationship earlier this year with a fellow classmate, a 15-year old girl. This past February, soon after her 18th birthday, she was arrested and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12–16 years of age. Hunt's parents claim the the family of their daughter's girlfriend has never approved of the same-sex relationship and has since made Hunt a target.
Chris Hayes last night spoke with Hunt, her mother, and lawyer about the case.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
While some of the 150,000 people signing an online petition asking prosecutors to drop the case have suggested that it's being handled differently because it involves a same-sex relationship, Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said that has nothing to do with it.
"If this was an 18-year-old male and that was a 14-year-old girl, it would have been prosecuted the same way," he said. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin concurs, saying whether the people involved are same-sex or opposite-sex, the legal issues are the same.
"A kid, a child under the age of 16, cannot consent to having sexual relations with an 18-year-old, an adult under the eyes of the law," she said. "And that really is all this case comes down to when you look at it legally."
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) took the floor in the House this week to rip the "intolerant Left" for bullying the sexual morality out of the Boy Scouts by campaigning for an end to their discriminatory policies.
Said Bridenstine (my transcript):
Some of us in America still believe in the concept of sexual morality, that sex is intended for one man and one woman within the institution of marriage. Organizations that hold this philosophy and promote it among our youth should be commended, or at least you would think, tolerated. Unfortunately, the intolerant Left bullies and browbeats private organizations like the Boy Scouts into accepting their philosophy. Notice they didn't start their own organization. They went after the Boy Scouts of America.
The Left's agenda is not about tolerance, and it's not about diversity of thought. It's about presenting a worldview of relativism, where there is no right and wrong. Then using the full force of the government to silence opposition and reshape organizations like the Boy Scouts into instruments for social change.
To my friends on the Left, this is not tolerance. but here's the good news about true tolerance. the most tolerant one of all has the ability to redeem us all.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a modern day 'Don Juan' whose relationship adult entertainment is getting in the way of his real-life relationships. Oh, and he spends a lot of time at the gym (as we saw in this preview still).
Check out the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...
Also starring Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, and Scarlett Johansson.
Eric Jones, a 19-year-old prominent and committed member of the Boy Scouts of America was kicked out last July because he came out as gay to the director of the organization's annual Summer Camp in Missouri.
Not only was he immediately removed from the camp because of their anti-gay policy, but the entire "process" was caught on camera and will be featured in Ryan James Yezak's upcoming documentary Second Class Citizens.
Says the Boy Scout official:
"I understand, and quite honestly your lifestyle is your lifestyle. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the way I look at an individual or the way I judge them. However, by telling me what you just told me, it automatically takes you out of the program. I wish you hadn't done that."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP....
You might remember Yezak's viral trailer for the film. Check it out here.
The Boy Scouts will be voting today on a proposal to lift the ban on gay scouts (that would retain a ban on gay leaders).
The Boy Scouts, whose national council is currently in a meeting at its headquarters in Dallas, plans its long awaited vote on the organization's gay ban today, the NYT reports:
In a secret ballot, more than 1,400 volunteer leaders from scouting’s 270 councils will accept or reject a proposal that has led to strident divisions and debate. The emotions were evident Wednesday outside the conference center here in a suburb of Dallas, where dozens of conservative Christians, many in scout uniforms, carried “no” signs and waved American flags.
“We’re trying to uphold traditional values,” said Bill Lizzio, 58, a scout leader who had driven from Tennessee to register his concern.
Angry parents threatened to pull their sons out of scouting, saying they would never let them share a tent with a gay boy. Current and former Boy Scouts who want to end the exclusionary policy, including several who were forced out of scouting for being gay, gave their own news briefing.
David Rice, 84, of Petaluma, Calif., who said he was ejected as a scout leader in 1998 after he publicly advocated including gays, said that if scouting did not change with the culture, “it will be left behind.”
“We cannot afford to lose this American icon,” he said.
As you'll remember, the Boy Scouts' new proposal is to allow gay scouts in but continue to ban gay leaders, a proposal called unacceptable by LGBT organizations and many observers. Read the proposal HERE.
Gay rights activists called for delegates to approve the policy change and vowed to continue their efforts until the Boy Scouts lifts its ban on gay adult leaders as well.
"There is nothing Scout-like about exclusion of other people, and there is nothing Scout-like about putting your own religious beliefs before someone else's," said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout raised by two lesbians and founder of Scouts for Equality.
Gay rights advocates gathered petitions with more than 1.8 million signatures supporting an end to the ban. Supporters of the current policy gathered petitions with about 250,000 signatures.
Adds the L.A. Times:
If the proposal passes as expected, some troops and the religious groups that sponsor them will withdraw from the national organization, they have said — a dangerous possibility for a group whose membership has decreased by nearly 19% during the last decade, according to the most recent figures from 2011.
Orr said that her troop leaders planned to meet to discuss what to do but that nationwide "there will be a huge loss of membership and revenue." About 70% of troops are sponsored by religious groups, and the ban is backed by the Southern Baptist Convention, Family Research Council and other conservative religious organizations.
"My religious beliefs cannot be compromised," said Mike Duncan, 46, a scoutmaster who described himself as Christian and traveled to the protest from Johnson City, Tenn., upset that opponents of the ban have brought sex and politics into Scouting.
"They're asking churches to support something that is wrong," he said.
GLAAD has been updating a live blog on the ground in Dallas and former Eagle Scout Zach Wahls and ousted den leader Jennifer Tyrrell have been speaking at press conferences...check out their photos and videos here.
Scouting for Equality's Wahls wrote a strong editorial for PolicyMic yesterday. Here he is speaking at yesterday's press conference on the ground in Dallas.
(images above, via glaad)
Hugh Jackman shreds the cover of EW this week in more ways than one. Jackman's cover shot came along with a brand new trailer for the anticipated Wolverine film, coming July 26, in which Jackman's character seeks treatment in Japan to make him mortal. The Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee) also makes his debut.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...
By the time you read this I will probably be on my way to Balticon for the weekend, but I just got the news that WOW! YES! not only are the first annual awards for bisexual writers and books happening NEXT week (Sunday June 2, 6:30 pm at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC) but I have two nominations! One of my books is a finalist, and I’m a finalist myself!
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Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.
But this disastrous May 22 op-ed from cisgender woman Suzan Revah swimming in vanillacentric privilege and appropriation was an eye-rolling experience that I fortunately read on an empty stomach.
It was also highly insulting to read that jacked up op-ed when three girls like us who share my ethnic background were killed last month and we are two weeks from the first of the five accused killers of Evon Young being tried in Milwaukee.
When the backlash swiftly came from trans folks calling out the BS in the comment threads, the White Women's Tears came out from Revah and the 'poor defenseless white woman' had people rushing to defend her.
And naw Suzan, trans people correctly pointing out where you massively failed in this piece.doesn't make us 'haters', and it's mighty white of you to part your lips to say so.
To borrow a snippet of Gemma Seymour-Amper's comment that encapsulates much of what trans peeps who responded to the jacked up post had to say:
FYI, the entire trans community stopped reading when you called yourself a "normal Real Girl", because when that's the mindset you hold, everything you say about trans issues after revealing that fact is immediately and automatically invalidated by your immediate dismissal of the authenticity of trans women as women, and as female, for those who think that making that distinction is going to save them from the inevitable march of public opinion.
We only get that far, because I've chosen not, at this particular moment, to point out the absolute overweening arrogance of The Advocate (once again) in choosing a white, cis, and from what I can tell from this pathetic and demeaning article probably heterosexual, person to speak for the trans community, as if we are incapable of speaking for ourselves. Kyriarchy, much? Oh, well...I guess I *did* just point it out, didn't I?
Note to the LG community, let me make this point crystal clear on behalf of my trans brothers and sisters.
You do not EVER get to determine for me and my transpeeps what is and isn't offensive to the trans community. We do. We are also the final authorities as to what is and isn't trans because they are issues that we are intimately familiar with and have major impacts on our lives. We don't like our existence trivialized, and those of us in the non-white trans community have a major problem with it especially since it's our trans women who are taking the brunt of the anti-trans discrimination and dying for it.
If you claim to be an ally, there are times when you need to be in sit down and shut up mode, respectfully ask us what help we need and when we tell you, then you make it happen.
Advocate, did it ever occur to you or the editors that let this full of fail piece fly that the best way to discuss trans issues on your site is to (gasp) have real live trans people write the fracking op-ed's?
The Trans 100 List is a nice place to start if you are clueless in finding transpeople that can expertly discuss the issues that affect our community.
You may wish to consider that point the next time you feel the need to do an op-ed piece on trans issues that doesn't piss us off in the process.
While his classmates left a seat open for him in protest, Damian decided to skip his graduation after the archdiocese of Santa Fe and the school refused to budge on letting him wear a black gown to the ceremony.
“I’m fully respecting this and myself by not walking and/or attending the ceremony at all,” he said on his Facebook page.
Meanwhile at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM where the ceremony was held, Michael J. Sheehan, the archbishop of Santa Fe, tried to make it sound like he was being persecuted as the Roman Catholic Church tends to do when they get caught in their public displays of transphobia.
In his address to the nearly 200 graduates Sheehan talked about discrimination and standing up for what’s right, warning students that sometimes in life they will be persecuted for standing up for their Christian values.
Archbishop Sheehan, discrimination against and persecuting trans people is not a Christian value. You know you were wrong on the issue, especially when you wouldn't show your cowardly face to the local media to defend your bigotry.
Damian probably won't be the last trans student to go through St Pius X High, so you may as well get ready to have this conversation again.
Damian has been accepted to the University of New Mexico, and they along with the University of New Mexico's LGBT Resource Center will welcome their newest Lobo to the fold by holding a graduation ceremony for him on May 30 from 5 to 7 PM MDT in a courtyard next to Scholes Hall on their main campus.
At a rally to protest Chicago’s plan to close 53 public schools, 9-year-old Asean Johnson had some words for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Black students make up about 40 percent of the Chicago public school population but 88 percent of the students who will be affected by the closures. Unfortunately, it looks like only five schools will be spared.
One silver lining is that Asean Johnson’s 2043 presidential campaign is off to a great start. And Emanuel better watch out–this kid is clearly gunning for him and I’d put money on Johnson winning just as soon as he’s old enough to run.
Please visit PBS MediaShift for the full story.
President Obama is the first sitting US president to do a commencement speech at Morehouse College and was given an honorary degree from the school.