Thanks to #Condoleezza Rice! She just made a speech for the democratic party.

I just finished watching Dr. Condeleeza Rice’s speach at the RNC.

Wow!

Amazing! Every bullet point during her speech was liberal. And it showed by the lack of applause and the blasé responses within it.

It was academic, smart. It was absent of the talking points of the previous speakers, and likely absent of those who will follow.

Awesome.

I’m a fan of Condie Rice.

Yeah, but family is so much better than strangers

Spot on graphic reads, “It’s amazing how much Republicans like their immigrant ancestors and dislike today’s immigrants.”

They seem to forget fast how they once had to come here, go through the rigmarole, get citizenship. It doesn’t happen over night. And it takes some education and process.

I like to remember how European ancestors pillaged the Earth for centuries, exploiting countries for people and resources, but now they are offended when someone’s dog pees in their yard.

So much to criticize, so little time.

Also seen on facebook.

 

It’s Wednesdog!

Today’s Wednesdog is brought to you by Cormick. Cormick is a Griffon who was accompanied by his friend Carrie whom we met in the park while throwing the ball with Talulah.

Griffons are bird dogs, and apparently Griffon, when faced with a bird nearby, will stop and point.

Cormick is a little blind in one eye, which made for some hilarious catch attempts when the ball was thrown directly at him. He also had a tongue that stretched for miles.

Cormick had a ball with him that Talulah thought she liked better. And Cormick loved Talulah’s ball.

Unfortunately, yours truly threw Cormick’s ball over the cemetery fence like a dumb jackwagon.

But Carrie insisted that it was okay. The ball was literally free.

Any which way, we all hope you’re having a helluva hump day jampacked with lots of humping and panting.

If you know what I mean.

Thoughts on Dan Savage vs. Brian Brown Debate.

The other day I posted a reminder to finish watching the Dan Savage vs. Brian Brown dinner table debate.

Last night, I listened to a little more of it, and there was a part that really stuck out. Savage talked about the definition of marriage and how heterosexuals are the ones responsible for redefining it. Brian Brown’s responses were hardly good enough to counter the thought and emotion (albeit withheld) from Savage.

Brown sounds like a callous asshole. Savage comes across intelligent, thoughtful and prepared. If nothing else, see the screen capture of the debate to see how strewn Savage’s notes are. Brown has one notebook to scribble thoughts as they come up.

The other big part that has come up is the question of adoption. Most of you know, I’m adopted.

And I would have it no other way. As an adoptee, it has afforded me a life that I would never have experienced otherwise. The limitations of the environment I might have had compared to the one I experienced is barnone better than any other possibility.

But, and this was reflected in last night’s republican convention, the religious right seem to not understand the value of infertility and of adoption. Rick Santorum and someone else directly offended me by saying that “they” are trying to redefine marriage as something other than a fertile relationship where a man and woman produce children together.

So by their own admission, republicans think my relationship with Tina is inferior. They think of me as an adopted person is inferior. Yes, republican value adoption, but it’s a limited view. I have friends who want to adopt as a show of their love for god.

Perhaps this is a stretch, but this is reflected by the ideology within the construct of my family that our value — Tina’s and mine — to our loved ones is essentially diminished by the absence of children.

But the misallocation of the conservative’s value of life is beguiling. Abortion is an abomination, but guns, violence, war and flag waving hooha are awesome investments.

Yet, when your culture’s foundation is based on stories of God destroying people how many ever times in the bible and that 2/3s of the population will roast in hellfire for the minor crime of belief in one god, it’s no wonder that violence is hoisted on their flags and valuing differing mindsets are stomped down into the bloody mud.

I honestly don’t think conservatives get it. It’s as if they surround themselves in childish ideas without a shred of recognition of it or of its large presence in the room.

I don’t think the Republican party is going to go away. Although, I do believe they need a major facelift. There are so many periphery issues that they are holding on to that need letting go. And their views of the economy are clearly not as great as they think.

Returning to the debate above, I tried to transcribe one major part by Dan Savage, and I’ll let you read it below. If you want to follow along, I think it starts around 36-ish minutes. But I strongly recommend listening to about 34 or 35 where he talks about the FRC getting the “hate group” label. It’s amazing how he distinguishes that Catholics and boy scouts are anti-gay, but they haven’t been given a “hate group” label. And they weren’t given that label by “the gays”. They were given the label by a group who read the crappy things the FRC has published about homosexuals.

The beginning of my transcript is in reference to the controversial speech Savage gave in which he called Christian students names as they were walking out.

There have been a lot of Christian writers who agreed with me. I was talking about selective readings of the bible. For example Leviticus.

[Snip of cliche discussion of biblical views. Some lost to oblivion and others still recognized by the “moral majority.”]

Why this selective cherry picking just to attack gay people? It’s really anti-gay bigotry. And I’m sorry, there’s no other word for it.

There’s this argument on your side that we want to change the institution of marriage. We don’t want to change the definition of marriage. The fact of the matter is heterosexuals have  changed the definition of marriage. Marriage for most of recorded human history was polygamist. Marriage for most of recorded human history was a property transaction, where one man took possession of another man’s daughter and during that property transaction she became a wife. And this was the case for many, many centuries.

And about a hundred years ago, we started to redefine marriage to be an egalitarian institution where two people create each other as their next of kin through the institution of marriage.

It’s not a gendered institution anymore. It’s not about babies. It’s about commitment and love. It’s about establishing that next of kin. It’s about finding that one person in the world who will be there for you, whom you will be there for. And marriage isn’t defined by sex roles anymore or the presence of children. The only time we hear that marriage is defined by children or monogamy, or faith, is when gay people want to get married. Suddenly marriage is defined by when gay people want to get married.

You just had dinner with my son. We have children. Gay people have children. Adoptions by same sex couples over the last decade have tripled in the United States. Marriage is about Children in the US, why won’t the state give us a civil marriage. Not a religious ceremony, but a civil marriage license that the rights and responsibilities that any other straight couple that the state gave children to and made parents would be afforded.

This isn’t an attack on anyone’s faith. Legal civil marriage doesn’t require anyone’s church to approve or officiate or accommodate. It takes nothing from you or your definition of marriage.

We are three-ish percent of the population. We are not going to de-center what it means to be a man and a woman from what it means to be married by allowing same sex couples to marry. If anything it affirms the original understanding of marriage and its importance to family life.

What the morons are posting

Below is a collection of meme-type graphics that a friend of Tina’s is posting on his Facebook wall.

Man, the stupid burns brightly with this one. The response to the racist card is so fully misunderstood that — if it’s a reflection of American education in this country — it shows just how poorly so many people paid attention in elementary school.

As for Mrs. Obama vs. Mrs. Romney’s spending, this card was played well during the last election (Sarah Palin much). We all heard of the vacations, and we’ve heard of other political people’s spending as well. It sucks.

I didn’t hear about Romney’s blouse, but good for her. Glad she bought something that she loved.

The whole political — on both sides — is an ever-large fuck you to so many people. I can’t keep count.

 

The Republican National Convention

 

Last night, I watched or listened to most of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. If you were up by your computer last night, I kept a running live blog of it.

When I was finished, I looked it over, and it desperately needed editing. So I removed it over night. But it’s back up now.

 

And fortunately for all of you, I was so impressed.

I was impressed at how shallow all the speakers were.

I was impressed at how childish they think their audience is. The first woman I heard speak spoke slower than anyone I’ve ever heard. And if I weren’t cooking at the time I would have taken more notes.

I was impressed at how white the crowd was. Yes, there’s an Asian man in the shot above. And Artur Davis spoke. Oh! And I saw an Asian woman.

Praise, Jesus.

I was impressed that their women were so influenced by the male dominated mindsets of “conservatism.”

How any woman stands up for the crap that tea-partiers or Republicans claim as “good”, I have no idea.

The overall theme was to make vague bullet points complaining about the current administration, brag about personal successes in the cities or states that they represent, only to find that speakers may have been less than factual.

Chris Christie is leading his party as the speaker of truth, no matter how hard it hurts. The guy is a glorified preacher. He speaks well — really well — but I’m afraid I don’t believe him at all. When you claim great things about the first part of your term, it likely is no thanks to you. It’s thanks to the last guy.

I know this editorial called  “How the Republicans built it” comes from that nasty, elitist rag The NY Times, but take a read.

Among the notes:

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, in the keynote speech, angrily demanded that the American people learn the hard truths about the two parties, but like most of those at the microphone, he failed to supply any. He said his state needed his austere discipline of slashed budgets, canceled public projects and broken public unions, but did not mention that New Jersey now has a higher unemployment rate than when he took over, and never had the revenue boom he promised from tax cuts.

“We believe in telling our seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements,” he said, but his party has consistently refused to come clean about its real plans to undo Medicare and Medicaid. “Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on a path to growth,” he said, but Mr. Romney has consistently refused to tell the truth about his tax plan, his budget plan, and his health care plan.

I mentioned my small business below. And I’m friends with many small business owners in Chicago. Are they afraid of opening a new location because of Obama tax restrictions? No. From the NY Times article above:

“We need a president who will say to a small businesswoman: Congratulations, we applaud your success, you did make that happen, you did build that,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia. “Big government didn’t build America; you built America!”

That was far from the only piece of nonsense on the menu, only the most frequently repeated one. Conventions are always full of cheap applause lines and over-the-top attacks, but it was startling to hear how many speakers in Tampa considered it acceptable to make points that had no basis in reality.

Finally, for the entirety of the RNC to point a finger at the EPA as the demon who keeps their states and businesses from thriving, this alone is going to kill the Republicans. Firstly, there are many businesses who have gone green who are thriving — not just surviving.

Should Republican religionistas take one long look at that Bible of theirs and understand that we are stewards of the Earth, and not rapists of it, we might do well to take some notes.

And yet, it’s that same religion that Republicans cite as the rationale to destroy the planet … all while blaming meany, meany Obama and his Nazi EPA.

How childish.

[In a super whiney voice] “Maaaaa-ummmmm, Obama won’t let me pump chemicals into the atmosphere!”

The best thing about the party is that they are split into two. And while they’re doing their damnedest to keep it together. Having one side willing to dangle teabags from their hats and the other side to wear dunce caps … the liberals look like angels.