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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: rainfish.2000@gmail.com

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On Constitution Day, Tens of Millions of American Citizens in the LGBT Community Are Still Not Equal...




As tens of millions of American Citizens in the LGBT community are still fighting for their equality in the not-so-United States, it is only the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights that can offer any beacon of hope for the oppressed. But that was not always the case. It will forever remain deplorable that when the US Constitution was ratified, about seventy years before the addition of the 14th Amendment, it stated that Black people were to be considered 3/5 of a human being for the purposes of congressional apportionment only ( ie, denial of full citizenship for them meant no right to vote and to be treated as property). In other words, Blacks were to be counted as 60% human only for the federal census in order to create more congressional districts in the sparsely settled Southern slave-owning states that wanted more representatives in Congress. That blight created by our so-called glorious founding fathers will never pass completely out of the eye of History. It makes the immortal phrase "All Men Are Created Equal", so magnificently extolled in our Declaration of Independence, hypocritical at best.

Remember also, American women didn't even have the right to vote or participate in our government until 1920 with the passage of the 19th amendment. If you were born in the 1950's, just remember that many of our grandmothers couldn't even vote until they were nearly middle-age. Interracial marriage was also outlawed in many states until in 1967 all miscegenation laws were struck down nation-wide by the US Supreme Court in the Loving -vs-Virginia case brought before it. That means the marriage of President Obama's parents was considered a crime in many states before that ruling, and married interracial couples just passing through those states could be arrested and imprisoned. Can you even imagine the personal degradation of that kind of oppression?

Hopefully soon, all anti-same-gender marriage laws in the US will be struck down as well which unconstitutionally deny millions of same-sex couples the right of legal kinship. I see this happening in the next year or two, along with the abolition of those noxious state constitutional amendments which currently forbid millions of committed same-sex couples, many of whom have been together for decades, the same access to the rights, benefits and responsibilities for themselves and, in many cases, for their children, that only marriage can confer. The tide always turns against the oppressor eventually -- as witnessed by the increasing majority of people who now support same-sex marriage equality. But freedom should never be a "popularity contest". All people either have it (that is, full equality of citizenship) as a birthright or no citizen deserves it. Freedom and equality is not a special gift to give to those who may find favor with the majority; it's a human right that is not contingent upon your numerical percentage of the national population nor upon whether or not your beliefs are in accordance with the majority of other Americans.

So, yes, the US Constitution is an amazing document, not perfect mind you (much like the people who wrote it), otherwise it wouldn't have been amended so many times. Because of its enumeration of inherent rights, it is so much better than leaving every person's freedom in this country solely up to the whims and the tyranny of the majority. Inalienable rights are what indeed make this country strong and stable, not the culturally fluctuations of a 51% majority, always waiting in wings, who could take those rights away from you and me on a whim, at any time, without those protections guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, which, I hope remain embedded forever in the United States Constitution. ~ Bud Evans


Bud Evans - As tens of millions of American Citizens in the LGBT...

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Supreme Court Denies NOM; Oregon Marriages Will Continue | Advocate.com

"Marriage equality will continue to be the law of the land in Oregon, as the U.S. Supreme Court today refused to issue a stay. The antigay National Organization for Marriage had asked the nation's highest court to place a hold on that ruling, after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied that same request two weeks ago. Writing for the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy denied NOM's request in a one-sentence order without further explanation, reports SCOTUSblog."

The Washington Times: Still the Favorite Cult Rag of the Radical Right

CALL OF THE LOON:

He's dead now or perhaps he just bought some new real-estate on one of the celestial worlds in Mormon Cult Bishop Mitt Romney's afterlife neighborhood. Who know? Who cares? But the following tells just how bizarre, as well as how wide-reaching, his "influence" (ie money) was into Congress (on both sides of the aisle) during Moon's "shaking down the suckers" felonious material life.

The following article excerpts are from: "Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Self-Proclaimed Messiah Who Built Religious Movement, Dies at 92" by DANIEL J. WAKIN, published in the New York Times on Sept. 2, 2012.

"One of the more bizarre moments in Mr. Moon’s later years came on March 23, 2004, at what was described as a peace awards banquet held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. Members of Congress were among the guests. At one point the Representative Danny K. Davis, an Illinois Democrat, wearing white gloves, carried in on a pillow one of two gold crowns, which were placed on the heads of Mr. Moon and his wife. Some of the members of Congress who attended said they had no idea that Mr. Moon was to be involved in the banquet, though it was hosted by the Inter- religious and International Federation for World Peace, a foundation affiliated with the Unification Church. At the banquet, Mr. Moon stated that emperors, kings and presidents had “declared to all heaven and earth that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is none other than humanity’s savior, messiah, returning lord and true parent.” He added that the founders of the world’s great religions, along with figures like Marx, Lenin, Hitler and Stalin, had “found strength in my teachings, mended their ways and been reborn as new persons.”

 "In the church’s view, Jesus had failed in his mission to purify mankind because he was crucified before being able to marry and have children. Mr. Moon saw himself as completing the unfulfilled task of Jesus: to restore humankind to a state of perfection by producing sinless children, and by blessing couples who would produce them."

 "Mr. Moon struggled against bad publicity. He was sent to prison on tax evasion charges and accused of influence-buying and of maintaining ties to the Korean Central Intelligence Agency. He denied both allegations."

"In the late 1970s, Mr. Moon came under the scrutiny of federal authorities, mainly over allegations that he was involved in efforts by the South Korean government to bribe members of Congress to support President Park Chung-hee. A Congressional subcommittee said there was evidence of ties between Mr. Moon and Korean intelligence, and that the church had raised money and moved it across borders in violation of immigration and local charity laws."

 "Prominent people were paid to appear at Moon-linked conferences. The first President George Bush did so after he left office. Others, like former President Gerald R. Ford, Bill Cosby, Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Jack Kemp, attended banquets and gatherings, sometimes saying later that they had not known of a connection between Mr. Moon and the organizations that invited them."

"Then, in October 1981, Mr. Moon was named in a 12-count federal indictment. He was accused of failing to report $150,000 in income from 1973 to 1975, a sum consisting of interest from $1.6 million that he had deposited in New York bank accounts in his own name, according to the indictment."

 “I would not be standing here today if my skin were white and my religion were Presbyterian,” Mr. Moon said after the charges were announced. “I am here today only because my skin is yellow and my religion is Unification Church.” He called the case a government conspiracy to force him out of the country. Mr. Moon was convicted the next year of tax fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice and sentenced to 18 months in prison. He was assigned to kitchen duty.

"As his church’s fortunes declined in the United States, Mr. Moon revised his pro-American views. In a 1997 speech, he said America had “persecuted” him. He also attacked homosexuals and American women."

[Excerpts from "Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Self-Proclaimed Messiah Who Built Religious Movement, Dies at 92" by DANIEL J. WAKIN]

 For the entire article, please click on the link below:



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Good Wins Over Evil Again -- Utah's Bigoted Anti-Marriage-Equality Ban Overturned by Federal Court



"[Utah's] Amendment 3 perpetuates inequality by holding that the families and relationships of same-sex couples are not now, nor ever will be, worthy of recognition. Amendment 3 does not thereby elevate the status of opposite-sex marriage; it merely demeans the dignity of same-sex couples. And while the State cites an interest in protecting traditional marriage, it protects that interest by denying one of the most traditional aspects of marriage to thousands of its citizens: the right to form a family that is strengthened by a partnership based on love, intimacy, and shared responsibilities."

*** Robert J. Shelby, District Court Judge
Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson
                                             
Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson

 CREDIT: REUTERS/JIM URQUHART

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

PHOTOS: Memories of JFK From His Gay Best Friend | Advocate.com

Memories of JFK From His Gay Best Friend

President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas 50 years ago, leaving behind a mourning nation and his gay best friend, Lem Billings.

BY ADVOCATE CONTRIBUTORS

NOVEMBER 22 2013 4:00 AM ET

In photos and excerpts from David Pitts's book Jack and Lem, we remember President John F. Kennedy through the lens of his lifelong friendship with Lem Billings. A historian wrote that after Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago Billings was “probably the saddest of the Kennedy 'widows.’” Here is a look at their friendship. 
[attribution ADVOCATE magazine -- click on links for the complete story]
PHOTOS: Memories of JFK From His Gay Best Friend | Advocate.com (click on link for full article)






Tuesday, November 05, 2013

ILLINOIS FINALLY BECOMES THE LAND OF LINCOLN ~ EQUALITY HAS ARRIVED

It Passed: Illinois Set to Become 15th State for Marriage Equality | Advocate.com

(photo attribution Getty Images - this photo appears on Advocate.com at the link above)

Fifteen states now, more to follow, jump aboard the 21st Century. California, New York, and now Illinois, three of the most populous states in America join together with twelve other freedom-loving states to pass marriage equality.

Kids React to Same-sex Marriage Equality




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

San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan: The Ugly Face of Bigotry


Texas Councilwoman Caught Giving Master Class in Homophobic Idiocy

"San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan is entangled in a homophobia scandal after a former aide secretly recorded her and other staffers bashing gays as "disgusting" and saying gay marriage is a slippery slope toward legalized incest and bestiality.
James Stevens, who resigned from Chan's team this week, said he decided to record Chan after a May 21 office discussion about proposed updates to San Antonio's nondiscrimination ordinance went horribly astray..."

My Take On It:

Today, when one thinks of homophobic cretins one just has to turn on the TV news, or go to the internet (for less filtered and more reliable news sources) to see how countries like Russiaas well as nations in Africa and in the Middle East abuse their LGBT citizens. But wait! The United States of America, and especially the Southern States, are no less a contemptible example of the same cesspool that incubates and foments bigotry. 

Take for example, a recent audio tape (see the clip above) of stupidity and evil incarnate in the form of San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her minions of flying monkeys (such as Chan's former chief of policy, Jeff Bazan) who sit around the pickle barrel and dehumanize GLBT citizens in Texas while sounding much like a gaggle of neo-Nazis chucking and jawing about what to do with the "Jewish problem" in Nazi Germany. 

This is how it all starts. First there is the demonization of a politically unpopular minority; then comes the official apathy towards the physical abuse perpetrated by street-thugs against this disenfranchised minority; which inevitably leads to the killings, and then turning a blind eye to it while blaming the victims who "brought it on themselves" for not conforming to an unrealistic, "one size fits all", version of humanity.

It's despicable beyond belief that as a member of a racial minority herself, an Asian woman,  San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan, would gleefully join in on a gay-bashing with other knee-slapping bigoted cretins in her political strategy meeting, and then joyfully contribute her own pile of BS on top the garbage heap of lies and myths about the GLBT Community excreted by both her political compatriots and her sycophant bullies. Have you no shame San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan? As a minority yourself, is this what you think it takes to "fit in"?  You, Elisa Chan, as well as  your former chief of policy, Jeff Bazan, are disgusting beyond measure and you should not be entrusted with the public welfare of a beautiful city like San Antonio, nor should you be allowed to continue as a governmental representative voice for the diversity of its citizenry. 

If any city council member had uttered just a fraction of the garbage against another minority, which Elisa Chan spewed against the GLBT community, they would have been publicly shunned and asked to resign. Elisa Chan should do the honorable thing and step down immediately. If she can't represent all of the hard-working citizens, in all of their diversity in San Antonio, then she has no place being on the city council. No greater disservice can be done to this fine community. 

She must go. 


~ Bud Evans 2013 (c)

The Nazi Olympics in Berlin 1936 Mirrors The Thuggish Russian Olympics Upcoming in 2014

Below is a link to a short YouTube video critique of the Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany in 1936. All of this begs the question: is the world again going make a similar miscalculation and allow Russia, this time, to paint a false pretty picture of a repressive regime without calling the world's attention to the horrors in that increasingly oppressive country? Are we going to make it easy for Putin and his neo-Nazi brown-shirts in the Duma, and on the streets, to perfume over Russia's stench of bigotry and intolerance while their nation hypocritically waves a flag of international solidarity along side the diversity of humanity around the world? 

This so-called "Host Nation" is openly and gleefully attempting to eradicate a genuine and unique facet within the beautiful and boundless gem of diversity that is humankind. In their own backyard, the Russian government is trying to wipe from the face of the Earth the visibly of their own persecuted LGBT population, and muffle, with violence, all of their cries for help. How can this brutal human-rights abusing nation be invested with the privilege and responsibility as a caretaker of international peace and unity? It was not that long ago that South Africa was banned (1964 to 1992) from even participating in the Olympic Games because of their apartheid racial policies; let alone being able to sponsor one. Has the IOC truly lost their moral compass and commitment to human rights? 

What the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is doing is practically the same as a school board turning a blind eye to a teacher entrusted with the safety of other people's children during the day, then going home at night and beating his own abused and neglected children as the world watches.  We as human beings and citizens of the world deserve better than this from the so-called "caretakers" of international events such as the Olympic Games. 

Watch the short 6min vid "The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936" at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNKlxcqLKcM


And please, never forget that cautionary admonition: "Evil flourishes when good men do nothing."



Ignoring a cancer only allows it to grow.

▶ The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 - YouTube

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monday, July 01, 2013

SUPREME COURT ISSUES LANDMARK LGBT RULINGS | Advocate.com

Sometimes human beings, for all of their faults, get it right! I only wish that it was the rule, and not the exception.  Now is the time to celebrate, and then we must prepare for the final battles that await to divide us motivated by politically manipulated ignorance cashing in on fear and obsessed with the exclusionary practices of the past. We must also arm ourselves with both truth and justice against the false "gods" of intolerance wrapping themselves in selective and irrational religion-based dogma. But I believe, as certain as the sun shall rise on another day, that our battle for human dignity and equality will be won as long as love remains stronger than hate.  ~ Bud Evans

SUPREME COURT ISSUES LANDMARK LGBT RULINGS | Advocate.com





!!!! WE WIN !!!!

Now, when pigs fly (out of Kansas) or (more likely) after another positive Supreme Court decision, we will have full marriage equality in Kansas too. Hopefully soon. I'd love to rub it in and say: Bite me, Gov. Brownback spider...you and your band of false "christian" Taliban fanatics LOSE.

COURT LIFTS STAY: CALIFORNIANS CAN MARRY NOW | Advocate.com

COURT LIFTS STAY: CALIFORNIANS CAN MARRY NOW | Advocate.com

How The Empire State Celebrates Equality















The Empire State Building looks glorious in its rainbow-colored mantle. Just like America and the eternal beauty in its diversity.  
~ Bud Evans


* Photo Credit: Splash News.

At Long Last, Good Prevails Over Evil: We Are Winning the Battle Against Bigotry




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

We Are Married....Let No One Put Asunder

A Personal Essay by Bud Evans

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 14, 2013

Beyond Basketball and Bigotry - Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation - NYTimes.com


"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, January 10, 2013

UPDATE: Obama Inauguration Committee Pulls Their Collective Heads Out of Their Collective Posteriors and Rejects Homophobic Pseudo-Christian Fascist Shaman (Rev. Louis Giglio) from Participating in Presidential Inaugural Ceremony.
"Minister With Anti-gay History Chosen for Inauguration Ceremony"

,,,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

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

~ Who watches the Watchers?"~

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? This a Latin phrase from the Roman poet Juvenal, variously translated as: "Who watches the watchmen?"
"Who watches the watchers?"... "Who will guard the guards?"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quis_custodiet_ipsos_custodes%3F



Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Obama Wins

Obama Wins... now let us hope that he grows a backbone in his second term.

Friday, May 11, 2012

UPDATE: Obama "Personally" Believes that Same-sex Couples Should Be Able to Marry -- but, Only If the Mob Approves

Well, technically, Obama’s stance is pretty much like that of the current Republican Gov. of New Jersey. Obama believes that (unlike his parents’ interracial marriage) that “the states should decide” if millions of GLBT Americans can past the popularity contest enough to secure their equal rights. That should really please those people pushing to amend their state constitutions to exclude us. It should also negate the arguments on our side for overturning Prop 8 in California. A stupid, really stupid thing for Obama to needlessly add to his “declaration” of half-assed support.

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”.

How loathsome.

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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

Obama and the Democrats Are Not Automatically Entitled to Our Votes

     Hmmmm, sorry to be a tad pessimistic but didn’t a little thing called Prop 8 get passed by a large herd of anti-equality swine during a “high Democratic turnout” in California when (“Gawd is in the mix…”) anti-marriage-equality Obama last ran for President? High turn-out often means the moronic haters in both parties turn out as well. I don’t expect some of Obama’s low-rent homophobic followers to behave like decent human beings and be any more accepting this time than they were in California in 2008 as long as Obama stays mum on the issue of equality, thus giving tacit approval to bigotry. A benign bigot is still a bigot, and in many ways the worst kind of bigot. They are the ones who pretend to be your ally while manipulating you towards their own ends which rarely has your best interest at heart.

     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

Monday, July 25, 2011

Spot-on Political Analysis by Crustybastard


~ 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]

@Spike:

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.

::eyeroll::

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?

::eyeroll::

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

DOMA and DADT: Twins of Injustice

(illustration attribution: Kevin Moore @2004 ~ http://incontemptcomics.com/)


...an essay by "Bud" E. Lewis Evans


DOMA and DADT are conjoined like Siamese Twins. Both may survive the legal scalpel of judicial surgery, but one or both might die in the process as well.

If DADT appeal goes forth, that could negatively impact and set a very bad precedent in DOMA if the Supreme Court finds that the Gay and Lesbian community is not entitled to "heightened scrutiny" and 14th Amendment equal protection or even Fifth Amendment due process protections in DADT. In view of those consequences, DOMA should have gone first as the Supreme Court has historically sided with the military on administrative proceedings.
Besides, Justice Kagan already has stated that she will probably recuse herself since DADT was argued in federal court while she was solicitor general and before she joined the Supreme Court. That alone just breaks the "liberal" majority (if Anthony Kennedy joins in) of the court on this one.

By the way, Elena Kagan (for all you Democratic loyalists who think that Democratic federal court appointees are referable to Republicans appointed judges such as Anthony Kennedy who wrote the majority decisions in Lawrence -v- Texas (striking down the sodomy laws) and in Romer -v- Evans (striking down anti-gay Amendment 2 in Colorado) ...just remember what Ellen Kagan stupidly said during her confirmation hearing about DOMA.

Kagan said: "There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage."

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According to Keen News Service:

"In Perry v. Schwarzenegger, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services (DOMA), and in Log Cabin Republicans v. U.S., and Witt v. U.S. (DADT). If Kagan recuses herself from any of these cases, the probability for a tie is the best the LGBT community can hope for in any of these cases. Rather than pinning hopes on Justice Anthony Kennedy to serve as a swing vote to victory, pro-gay attorneys will be desperate to persuade Kennedy in order to maintain a status quo.

When there’s a tie in the Supreme Court, the lower court ruling stands but applies only to that federal circuit.

So, if the 9th Circuit agrees with District Court Judge Vaughn Walker that California’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and the Yes on 8 supporters of Proposition 8 appeal to the Supreme Court, the best gay civil rights supporters could hope for — given the current ideological make-up of the court — is to preserve the 9th Circuit ruling for the nine 9th Circuit states.

On the other hand, if the 9th Circuit should disagree with Walker’s ruling, perhaps the worst outcome would likely be that banning same-sex marriage would be considered constitutional in only those nine states."

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Also during her confirmation hearing, Kagan was asked about the Defense of Marriage Act, regarding state recognition of same-sex marriages entered into in other states. Kagan indicated that she would defend the act (DOMA) if "there was any reasonable basis to do so."

It really doesn't look that great with Kagan on the court now. She could have just said, during her confirmation hearings in Congress, that she could not discuss cases which could possibly reach the Supreme Court - that is what others, including Republican nominees have done as a matter of jurisprudence and court ethics in the past. But no, she had to suck up to the right-wingers -- now she's on the record opposing GLBT equal marriage rights before they have even reached the court.

Wow, nice judicial choice, Obama! But what did you expect from him and his non-confrontational, shortsighted, lack of decision-making skills anyway? He's such a screw-up and a really big disappointment to his progressive base. His signing on to the doomed "Respect for Marriage Act" is a farce; considering how the Bill would've even been a struggle in his first two years, but, today, with the House in Republican control, bringing this "dead-on-arrival" Bill up now is just an insult and an exploitation of the gullibility of the GLBT community. We deserved better, and, what's more, America deserved better from the Democratic Party, the party of Roosevelt and Truman. What a disaster for us all. This at a time when we truly need real leadership; not a vacillating, unreliable, dupliticous village idiot in the White House.

As the old saying goes: "The Republicans fear their base, while the Democrats despise their base."

Obama is the living embodiment of that axiom. More's the pity.



(c) Bud Evans, 2011

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