December 4, 2016
abortion, fracking, gay marriage, liberal, marriage equality, oil industry survey, survey
So yesterday I did something I rarely do… I picked up my ringing landline phone at home, even though the caller ID was unclear about who was calling. I’m glad I did, because I think I got to skew a conservative, oil-industry survey.
I’m pretty sure I was speaking with a woman in a call center somewhere in India. Her accent was pretty thick, and I had to ask a couple of time for her to repeat what she said. Except for the language barrier, the survey went pretty well. For me, anyway. I’m sure whoever sponsored the call isn’t going to be happy with my responses.
November 29, 2013
barber shop, Caldwell Barber Shop, evolved, Gay rights, HRC equality logo, LGBT, marriage equality, obama
Today I stopped in at my regular barber shop for what I call my “5 minute slash-and-burn”.* I parked across from the shop** and as I walked up to go in, two of the lady barbers*** were taking a break, sitting on the curb out front. We said hello as I passed.
I went inside and sat down with the other waiting customers, many of us fiddling with our phones to pass the time.****
The ladies finished their break, and came in, and I was called up by one of them. After the introductory pleasantries, and telling her how I wanted my hair(s) cut, something new happened. She asked what my bumper stickers meant.
Apparently they sat outside during their break and discussed what they might be about. They were not familiar with the HRC equality symbol, and were a bit confused what the “Obama Evolved” indicated. Internally, I almost groaned, and thought this might not go well.
February 7, 2010
Gay rights, glbt, love, marriage, marriage equality, same sex marriage, the love that dare not speak its name
Proposition 22. Proposition 8. Ballot initiatives in Maine. Almost anywhere there is legal recognition for our relationships, some right-wing religious nutjob is trying to destroy them. In some places, they’re winning, at least for the moment.
But stop and think for a moment. This is what they are fighting against:
Lord Alfred Douglas, in 1894, called it “The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name”. Things have changed some since then, but there are still people out there that want to shove it back into silence. Force it back into the dark corners and hidden places, remove all mention of it from public discourse. For them, only swift and severe condemnation is acceptable. Any other conversation about the subject is immediately labeled “promoting homosexuality”.
It has bothered me for some time why this is so. Why the rabid response to the issue any time it comes up? I think I’ve figured it out…