~ The Rainfish Chronicles ~
This BLOG functions as my little cyber-island for relaxation, rumination and social intercourse. From time to time, I will also publish some of my essays, art work, poems, prose, and political criticisms -- as well as a few of my philosophical dissertations. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
It is refreshing to witness how naturally good and decent young people can be (with a few exceptions); that is, before religion-based hatred and "mob think" pollutes their minds. The young Hispanic kid in the video above is a sad reminder of that. The other kids seem to be unadulterated by that kind of negative programming. Good for them! The hope of a more peaceful and inclusive world rests on their young shoulders. Everyone can benefit from their example.
Friday, August 16, 2013
▶ The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 - YouTube
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The world is watching as the persecution of the LGBT community mounts in Russia. (read articles below)
St. Petersburg Gay Pride, 2013
Russia's Awful Anti-Gay Policies Could Kill Its Cities - Sarah Goodyear - The Atlantic Cities
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Read article at the link below:
Pennsylvania A.G. won't defend anti-gay law - The Maddow Blog
Monday, July 01, 2013
SUPREME COURT ISSUES LANDMARK LGBT RULINGS | Advocate.com
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
My spouse and I were married on September 13, 2004 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We have been together for more than thirty years. When we arrived back home in Kansas, the sky did not fall; dairy cows did not stop producing milk, and gravity was still intact -- although common sense and common decency seemed to have left our segment of the planet under the seemingly endless Kansas prairie sky. Yes, we got the expected "Welcome Back Home to the Good ol' USA!" reception alright to which we've sadly grown accustomed as Gay and Lesbian Americans.
For months, the vile malevolent specter of our very own local home-grown Kansas State Anti-Equality "Heterosexuals Only" so-called Marriage Amendment hung over our heads like the shadowy silhouette of a cowardly mugger ready to strike in ambush from a dark alley. Finally, in early April 2005, a Kansas lynch-mob, drunk with power and prejudice, at last had their little necktie party and strung up our Bill of Rights in the public square of totalitarianism. Apparently, American neo-fascists aren't satisfied with just being the insufferable bully on the international block, they must also have their pound of flesh at home too.
So what is so surprising about this scenario? Obviously there is not enough conflict in the world, so malicious malcontents in Kansas, as well as throughout most of the US, feel the need to stir up the flames of division even more. All of this brings to mind my saddest and most sustained observation concerning the United States in general. It is in regard to her citizenry's constantly evolving contempt for other Americans. Overall, it is Mankind's greatest single flaw too. But in the USA it is the perversion of Christian fellowship and tolerance that is being twisted into a pseudo-religious/right-wing political dogma of dissimulation and group-hate which will be the next great stain on America.
Political gay-bashing and religion-based bigotry has quickly become this new century's equivalent of racism, gender inequality and ethnic strife. Fanatical homophobia has been effortlessly revived and poisonously retooled from the last century’s panoply of prejudices so eagerly embraced in these perpetually un-United States. Once again, the drama is much the same -- only the characters on the stage are played by different actors.
As this tragedy unfolds, those whose duty it is to uphold America’s promise of equality once again turn a blind eye to this country’s absolute assurances of equal justice. How did this nation’s immutable guarantees of liberty degenerate into such an arrogant and heartless popularity contest in America? If you don’t like your neighbor, just simply write them out of the Constitution. Is that it? Is that all it takes to make them disappear? Just fashion a paper noose out of group-specific malicious laws and then lynch your neighbor on a gallows once called the Bill of Rights. Is that the level of barbarity to which we have regressed in America?
No, I did not expect homophobes to throw rice at our wedding, but occasionally, albeit foolishly, I expect a modicum of class from people I do not know -- such as the simple civility of minding one’s own business. I certainly do not appreciate strangers meddling in my personal affairs; especially when it concerns my marriage. That is not only bad manners, but it is truly beneath contempt.
So, unless Canada's Marriage Laws or the few Marriage Equality U.S. "free" States fair laws are changed to reflect America's narrow-minded contempt for her own most vulnerable citizens, then my marriage will stand in at least a few zones of freedom in the U.S. as well as elsewhere abroad where equality actually means something. And there is nothing any thug in the guise of religion or government can do about it. No amount of hatred for my spouse and me will ever un-marry us. I am confident that those miscreants who envy and despise our joyful union, as well as those unethical politicians who seek political power by inciting a mob mentality in the general public, will not be looked upon favorably by history nor by future generations.
The truth is that decent people elevate themselves by their own achievements and talents; not by standing on the backs of others who are least able to defend themselves. It's a very sad commentary on modern society, as well as on this really not-so-Christian country after all, that people will still do to others what they would not tolerate having done to them. That is the classic definition of a fascist. And that is certainly not what either The Founding Fathers or Christ would have envisioned for this not-yet-great nation.
Jesus who had embraced the disenfranchised, and who had walked amongst the outcasts of society, would weep today for what is done in his name. Equally shameful is the disrespect shown to the drafters of our Bill of Rights who took great pains to protect the "inalienable rights" of the less politically powerful against the tyranny of the majority. Just try to keep in mind those words: "Liberty and Justice for All..." and "That which you do unto the least among you, you do unto me." And according to all belief systems which respect the dignity of Humankind, whether secular or religious in nature, that mandate is simply this: All people are created equal in all ways and they are endowed with the same inherent rights, in all things, as all others -- there are no exceptions. Too bad some people still refuse to see it that way.
Bigotry has always had a peculiar way of eviscerating virtue when truth becomes particularly inconvenient in advancing petty prejudices and an anti-social agenda. Whether one makes a religion out of politics (such as in Nazi Germany or in Communist regimes) or fabricates politics from religion (such as fundamentalist deity-based totalitarianism anywhere on Earth) the end result is the same. The end result is intolerance, and that is the nexus of most human strife and suffering on this planet since time immemorial.
America owes a birthright of equality in all things, great or small, under the legal umbrella of citizenship which she extends to all of her children. No one's personal religious, ethical, political or any other belief system can ever be allowed to dictate which Americans should have rights and which ones should not. If that is not anathema to the revolutionary spirit of this country and an affront to our Bill of Rights, then nothing is.
The courage to stand up for the most vulnerable citizens among us against institutional and popular prejudice is a rare act of both bravery and virtue. People of good will, working together, perhaps can someday make America a shining example of a Constitutional Republic that keeps its solemn promise of equality for all. Maybe we can remind others that this nation’s guarantee of individual liberty would never allow one faction to ever vote away another citizen’s civil rights in a thoughtless expression of group-hate. I still believe that there are good and fair people in this country. But considering the lessons of the past, I hope we don't have to wait for the next generation to grow up in order to find them.
Yes, contrary to the presuppositions of inculcated hate and politically manipulated hysteria, there really is room enough at the matrimonial table for every consenting, non-related, pair of adult human beings who wish to marry in this world -- regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, politics, gender identity or sexual orientation. It is obvious to any student of history that loving, mutually supportive same-sex romantic relationships are as old as Mankind. It has always been so and will continue to be so as long as there is a human race.
Let us also not forget that the civil rights of Gays and Lesbians are protected in most of the industrialized Western world. In those truly civilized nations, same-sex oriented individuals can be open and honest about their orientation. Even in this country, which has such a long and shameful history on the issue of human rights, homosexual intimate relationships are just as legally protected under the U.S. Constitution as heterosexual intimate relationships -- as wisely decided by the Supreme Court in the Lawrence -vs- Texas decision on June 26, 2003.
Currently, the personal lives of tens of millions of Gay and Lesbian Americans are the bloody battlegrounds where this never-ending war against civil rights is being fought. It is a war that perennially pits progress and egalitarianism against the forces of ignorance and maliciousness. We may lose many battles to those foes who divide this great house against itself -- which we call America -- but ultimately we will win the final war against the enemies of human dignity and freedom. Of that I have no doubt.
Those who fanatically and sanctimoniously wave the banner of "tradition" are in reality only selfishly trying to protect their own special status at the expense of others. Obviously, if tradition was always such a virtuous thing to uphold we’d still have slavery; women wouldn't have the right to vote, and America would have a king.
The horrors of human bondage are most often conceived and perpetuated by using that contemptible excuse of upholding the self-serving status quo. Unquestionably, when tradition is used as justification to oppress others it becomes a thing of evil and an enemy of civilization. Old notions and elitists traditions must yield to inclusiveness and egalitarianism if peace is ever to be realized and a stable society maintained.
A hallmark of civilization is marriage, and marriage is both a binding oath of mutual loyalty and a personal contract which clearly details responsibilities and rights entered into between two romantically involved individuals who pledge to share their lives with one another. That very same institution belongs to all loving, non-related, adult couples. No apartheid-like system of separate tables (i.e. civil unions, domestic partnerships, etc.) will ever suffice. To deny same-sex couples who are also engaged in constitutionally protected, intimate, mutually supportive relationships the same protections and rights that many married heterosexual couples take so easily for granted is an affront to human dignity and an assault on American principles of fairness.
Too many brave and good citizens, Gay and Straight alike, have fought and died on too many bloody battlefields so that all people can partake of freedom. No one should belittle their ultimate sacrifice by parceling out equality as if it were their own special gift to give to a favored segment of society. I truly believe (just as I previously stated in an essay I wrote which appeared in the Kansas City Star) that there is more than enough room at the same table of marriage for each of us who wish to take on all the responsibility it demands, as well as reap its rewards. As tempestuous as marriage sometimes is, it most often provides for couples pledged to one another for life, be they heterosexual or same-sex couples, the only real promise of a safe harbor in which to lay anchor and to protect their most precious cargo -- each other.
We too have sworn an oath -- to have and to hold ‘till death do us part. My spouse and I made that promise to each other officially on September 13, 2004 when we were finally, legally allowed to be married in a country to the north which respects human dignity and individual liberty. Although, I still can remember that one cold winter night on January 10th, 1975, when Bill and I first met -- we were just kids in our early twenties then. We also made that pledge, albeit unofficially, to one another. Now as then, in good times and in bad times; forsaking all others; ‘till death do us part; let no one put asunder.
It means just as much to us today as then. And perhaps just a little bit more, because at least a few more compassionate people and a few more civilized nations are finally starting to respect our right to be recognized as a family at last. They know, as we do, that love is the most important ingredient that makes a family. Families can’t exist without it. All kinds of families spring into existence because of it. That is the bedrock of marriage. Nothing else is required except devotion -- plus the courage to fight for the ones you love in the face of adversity. That is what actually makes a family. And, in case anyone forgets, that is what marriage is truly all about.
(C) Bud Evans 2006 & 2010 & 2013 [originally published in 2006 and then revised in 2010 to reflect the growing number of Marriage Equality States which have joined the 21st Century by rejecting anti-GLBT bigotry as an official state policy]
(Bud Evans is a studio artist and writer who lives with his partner, Bill, for over thirty-eight years -- who has also been his spouse since September 13, 2004 when they were legally married in Vancouver, B.C., Canada)
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
"Congress has a duty to stop dawdling and approve a strong bill. In the meantime, President Obama, a supporter of ENDA, can take a significant step toward ending discrimination in the workplace by issuing an executive order barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. He has the power to protect millions of American workers, and it is about time he used it."
(Click on link below to read the full article)
Beyond Basketball and Bigotry - Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation - NYTimes.com
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Friday, April 05, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
,,,from The Advocate (click on the headline above to read the original article)
My Take on It....
Apparently the Rick Warren fiasco, four years ago when Obama moronically invited that Bible-Nazi to give a similar inane invocation at his 2009 inauguration, wasn't enough of an insult to the GLBT community which overwhelming supported this jackass's re-election -- so Obama imagines he needs a second shot at being an ungrateful pig to the very same people who saved his ungrateful bacon from the frying pan of defeat in November 2012. Way to go, Obama! A real class act.
~ Rainfish 2013
Friday, December 21, 2012
~ Who watches the Watchers?"~
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This a Latin phrase from the Roman poet Juvenal, variously translated as: "Who watches the watchmen?"
Friday, November 23, 2012
|All pumped up and no place to go!|
Check out the cool captions some readers came up with on Bilerico, click on link below:
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Friday, October 05, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
UPDATE: Obama "Personally" Believes that Same-sex Couples Should Be Able to Marry -- but, Only If the Mob Approves
Fortunately, President Eisenhower (in the 1950s) and President Johnson (mid 1960s) weren’t like President Obama or we’d probably still have segregated schools and lunch-counters in the South. You don’t leave civil rights up to the mob to decide.
Obama just can’t open his mouth without some kind of stupid dropping out of it. He should have just left it at “I support marriage equality” without adding…well, if the mob decides it is OK with them.
He better clarify soon. Already, people are starting to see his “great endorsement” as less than genuine. He substituted “god’s in the mix” with …the “mob should be in the mix”.
UPDATE to the UPDATE (2013 - After winning re-election): Obama now says that marriage should be a fundamental right for same-sex couples too -- regardless of where they live. ....Will the "evolving" ever end? This comes too late for the DOJ which filed briefs before the US Supreme Court in the DOMA case which still argues that states have the so-called right to discriminate under the much exploited "state's sovereignty" privilege. Too bad Obama didn't "evolve" again sooner before the briefs were drawn up and presented to the court. A day late and a dollar short as usual for Obama in his vacillating support for the GLBT community which, more honorable than he, never wavered in their support for him in 2008 and 2012.
Friday, May 04, 2012
But, what the hell, the California anti-gay bigots in the Democratic party, November 2008, just did what Obama told them to do. After all, our enemies used endless robocall recordings of Obama’s own vomitable “marriage is between a man and woman because God is in the mix” homophobia pandering insensitive remarks right before the election to appeal to hateful pseudo-christian bible-thumpers in the Democratic party -- especially in the racial minority Democratic communities.
If Obama does not actually become the “fierce advocate” for GLBT rights he (dishonestly) claims to be and if Obama does not unequivocally support our full equality as human beings and as American citizens, then he does not deserve a second term. No other constituency in the Democratic Party would tolerate as much betrayal as we have. Very few in the Black community, the Asian community, the Hispanic and Native American Communities nor registered female voters in the Democratic party would so cheerfully suffer the casual indifference and even outright hostile backtracking on campaign promises that we in the GLBT community have been asked to accept as a necessary evil in order to inoculate Democratic politicians from the appearance of looking too progressive and upsetting the status quo (which is actually begging to be changed in America).
Enough is enough. Obama and the Dems must EARN our votes and work hard for it — just like they do for everybody else’s vote. No more free rides for the Democrats and for Obama. Pay like everyone else. Work for it. If they didn’t need us, they wouldn’t even bother with us. Now, make them tally-up or tell them to shove off.
No marriage equality plank in the Democratic Platform at the DNC Convention should equal NO vote for any more blue-dog Democrats or any Dem who does not support us fully. To those who say that there are more "pressing matters" and "higher priorities" than the equal rights of fellow Americans, to those people I would ask: Do you not value your family above all others? If so, then how heartless do you have to be in order not to understand how much we value our partners, spouses and children as well. We have families too. There are no other "pressing matters" nor "higher priorities" that could even come close to trumping that special relationship we have for our loved ones too. That should be easy to understand for anyone who has ever loved another human being.
This time, no statement of unequivocal support for full marriage equality from Obama in his acceptance speech this time — then just say “No vote for you”... Adios…you’re on your own…just like you said to us after we put you in office the first time in 2008. The first same-sex marriages occurred when the Democrats were a minority in the federal government, and it will not end if they do not keep hold of the reins of power which they have so ineptly employed. The Democrats can go down in history as being on the side of what is fair and correct or they can ignore our struggle at their own political peril and be forever burdened with the legacy of political cowardice and historical irrelevancy.
Ask yourself this: when they say NO to us, (just like the Dems did when they had majority control of Congress for the first two years), then don’t we have an obligation to our own personal dignity as human beings to say NO to them in return? Where is our leverage otherwise? There is no incentive to change unless you force the issue. That’s a fact.
We have to stop acting like mindless lemmings and frightened rabbits. I am not going to let the Democrats use the Republican Boogie Man to scare me into voting for them again. Never again. The Democrats have to earn my vote and earn my support by demonstrable and tangible legislative action and unabashed support, from the President on down, with utmost respect for my inalienable rights of citizenship. How can anyone ask for less?
They had that opportunity (2008-2010), and they just took us for granted. Now, it is up to Obama and the Dems to convince me and my partner of over 37 years (as well as the millions of my brothers and sisters in the GLBT community) that Obama and the Democrats deserve a second chance. The burden of proof is on them. They do not have a god-given right to my vote nor the millions of other votes in the GLBT community. They must earn it!
(C) Bud Evans, 2012
Friday, August 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
~ From a very insightful blogger by the handle of Crustybastard ~
(you might want to cover your eyes if the language bothers you, but if you don't, you might actually learn something very insightful about how politics really works in this county)
His delightful blog can be found at: http://thecrustybastard.blogspot.com/
by "the crustybastard"
[The original post was addressed to a poster by the handle of "Spike" on Queerty]
The purpose of third-parties is not necessarily to get the third-party candidate elected (although that might be nice.) The purpose of third-parties is to create a correcting force on an unresponsive major party.
For example, Ross Perot’s nontrivial support from the electorate derived principally from fiscally conservative “classical republicans” who had the sense to recognize that Mr. Perot was correct that the short-term job destruction caused by “free-trade agreements” would lead to a long-term economic downturn caused by toxic unemployment, which would lead to massive housing devaluation, which would lead to lender-hoarding, which would lead to prolonged stagflation.
You know — the perfect shitstorm we’ve been wallowing in since 2008?
Oh, and — having evidently not learned a goddam thing — the current president is promoting yet more “free-trade agreements,” because despite the fact that none of those treaties has ever failed to weaken the American job market and depress wages, this one will surely be the key to employment and economic recovery…this time.
Likewise, Ralph Naders’ nontrivial support from the electorate derived principally from socially liberal progressives who had the sense to recognize that Mr. Nader was correct that Democrats were doing nothing to rein in the runaway power of corporate oligarchs and the military-industrial complex who seem determined to convert the middle-class into impoverished serfs desperate for any opportunity…even the opportunity to be a bullet-sponge.
You know — the perfect shitstorm we’ve been wallowing in since 2001?
Oh, and — having evidently not learned a goddam thing — the current president has bent over backwards to accommodate and guarantee the ongoing expansion of corporate and the military power because, besides inevitable relentless fascism, what could possibly go wrong in a country where the military and private corporations are the principle forces determining public policy?
I realize that [a] steadfast partisan streak makes it difficult to understand that some issues are more complex than “blue side good, red side bad!”
But you might at least fucking try once in a while.
(c) the crustybastard, 2011
(the original post can be found at: http://www.queerty.com/breaking-obama-supports-doma-repeal-20110719/)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
About the cartoon caption illustrator, Kevin Moore: