slumber: (red rising)


Urgh, you guys, this makes my heart swell ten-fold. ♥

For those new to my flist, I've written about the LGBT movement in hockey before. It's not anything grandiose, and it isn't really league-led, but considering this is one of the four big sports, it's definitely something. (I don't follow the other three so I'm not aware of how the developments in hockey compare to those.)

Anyway, an update to that is the You Can Play project, spearheaded by Patrick Burke (Brendan's brother), and their first step involves filming a PSA from some of the biggest names in the league. They may not look like it, but those are All-Stars, top players in the league. And Burke says they have filmed 30 players in total out of the 35 who are committed to joining this.

This is a really good recap of everything too.

You Can Play is Burke's bold new initiative that enlists NHL players — the count is up to around 30 as the campaign kicked off Sunday — to "change the sometimes homophobic culture of locker rooms with a message that athletes should be judged on athletic skill and ability, not sexual orientation or other discriminatory factors," according to the organization.

"Through You Can Play, we want to let guys know why that [casual homophobia] is hard for gay athletes to hear. Even if you don't mean it in that sense, there's probably a guy in the locker room that can't take it in any way but in that sense," said Burke.


It's just a really awesome thing to have happen, and like I said last year, I just hope we continue to move in this direction.
slumber: (house of awesome)
I know very few of you are into hockey, but I know I've got a flist made up of pretty much all the colors of the rainbow, so I thought you might be interested in something that's been going on in hockey fandom about the LGBT movement. I was actually going to copy&paste a post that someone had made on the latest development, but then I realized that maybe not everyone knows what most of the developments had been. I don't know how much of the stuff in hockey actually transcends national news/interest, so in case you aren't aware, I thought I'd put together a little bit of a primer on what's going on. (Granted, this is stuff as I remember it, so it's not meant to be all-encompassing or anything, but still.)

It started with Brendan Burke )
slumber: (yikes again!)
Eight years in debate is enough for me to know that there is a way I can argue for the release of Polanski. There is a way, because of technicality, because of jurisdiction, whatever else, that his arrest may have been technically fumbled.

I can find an argument for it, but that doesn't make him any less deserving of arrest, of justice. Because what's lawful and what's just are not always the same thing, and giving him a free pass for achievements that are irrelevant to what he did is careless and ignorant. Am I missing something? Because I don't understand how people could even think to stand behind this man.
slumber: (house of awesome)
Gay marriage gets legalized in Maine:

"In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions," Governor Baldacci said. "I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage."


Dudes. Did somebody step on the Gay Agenda Gas Pedal, and where can we go to shower him with rainbows and shiny sparkly awesome things?
slumber: (yikes again!)
The US was the only major Western nation not to sign the declaration.


What. The. Fuck.

I mean-- okay, I hate going political and I know this will just open a whole new can of worms and that, you know, this is a debatable issue, well-- here's where I stand, basically:

  • I am glad that this declaration was sponsored at all...
  • But I personally don't know where I stand in the whole, you know, imposing one's concept of right and wrong onto wholly different cultures and I understand why some countries would opt not to sign it
  • But on the basis of what the declaration says... I would like to think that the US is past that. Maybe the reason the US did not choose to sign is so it could retain diplomatic relations with the states that chose not to sign as well, but. Really? Really? You don't want to sign a non-binding declaration that arguably upholds human rights?


Urgh.

PS. It has been a while since I kept myself abreast of world issues, and I haven't really been involved in debate in a while. I know there is another side to this story. If you know what it is, if you understand more than I do right now, please do let me know? Educate me. I'm hesitant to jump to too many conclusions, so if I'm missing something from this story, I would be really glad if you could tell me what it is. Thank you.
slumber: (slytherins for obama)
Looks like they're passing Prop 8. 52.1% of vote with 94.6% precincts reporting..

He was right when he said things will not change overnight. And they didn't. Prop 8 passed. There's still an uphill battle.

But you know, we're probably still just getting there.

I hope.
slumber: (slytherins for obama)




I am not an American citizen. I am not able to vote for your presidents, or donate to your candidates' campaigns, but I am glad that at least somehow, I am able to witness a turning point in your history, because somehow, I hope, this is a turning point in all of our history.



Grant Park was amazing, and insane, and kind of murderous-- I went with a friend and we arrived at 6pm, working our way through masses of people (Did you see my hand waving on CNN, flist?) until we finally saw the metal detectors that meant we were nearly there, and when we broke into open space we found-- yes, even more people.



We watched CNN while we waited for Barack Obama to appear, and I am sure the rest of the world was tuned in as well, but the vibe in Grant Park was electric. Every time a state was called in favour of Obama everyone cheered and broke into spontaneous chanting.



They called Pennsylvania first, far too early in the race, enough to cause drama, so I've heard. McCain was winning in Texas, but surprisingly, not by much. CNN was turning Star Wars on us, and we waited with bated breath. Wolf Blitzer was excited about calling one state, but we knew it was Ohio. Then NPR called Virginia, just a few minutes before precincts were scheduled to close in the West Coast.



At 10:00:01, CNN called the election, and Grant Park went wild. They quieted to hear McCain speak, booed when he mentioned Palin, but when Obama came onstage and addressed everyone-- well, that was the high point of the night. And man, that speech will be written about, studied, remembered, in the years to come.



So yes, America, you can. Yes, in fact, you did.

And yes, I was there.
slumber: (slytherins for obama)
  1. Nearly forget to print the all-important ticket needed.
  2. Leave work early to give self time to be at the event.
  3. Arrive home to discard bag and stuff.
  4. Wear rubber shoes.
  5. Set LJ up so you can text updates. :|


So, uh. I might get slightly annoying. I promise to only update if something REALLY awesome happens, like if there's a stampede or something. So you know you were in my thoughts. ♥ :| But yes. Whatever. I am off to witness American history in the making! ('Cause, you know, it's also the world at stake here! Maybe. :|)
slumber: (city girl: chicago)


Three guesses who's going to the Election Night rally tomorrow (which, can I say again, is right across my friggin' apartment), and the first two don't count.

AND! PS. Have you voted? Are you a size medium female? I'm giving out this shirt to someone like you! I'll decide on the winners (randomly) when I get the shirt. :| :D

PPS. Stores giving out freebies on Election Day:
  • Starbucks - free tall drip coffee
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Ben and Jerry's
slumber: (slytherins for obama)

I am giving away this shirt to one person on my flist.


It is from 200 Nipples, a site that sells only 100 designs of a shirt ever (and prices them each from $1 to $100-- I got this for $26), and as their description goes:

This is for the people who think, “It’s my own spit in that ocean, dammit, and if you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain. I’m headed for the polls!”


Yes, it is free. Yes, it is random. Yes, I'm shipping it for free, too. No, I wasn't asked to do this by anyone else. It's a slow day in the office, I got bored. And yes, there are strings attached:

  • You must comment with an election-themed haiku;
  • You should be female (as the shirt has been ordered for the female figure);
  • Keep in mind the shirt was bought in size medium;
  • You've got to be an American citizen (unless there's a way you can spin this so it's ironic that you're wearing a shirt despite not being American);
  • You should have actually voted for this election (and prove it, too, unless you're the ironic non-American)


This shirt ships out on November 12, so I'll leave this post open for whoever wants to comment til then.
slumber: (she ruined everything)
From [livejournal.com profile] squishstoy:



Really, America? Are you really gonna vote for this man?
slumber: (serious facepalm ala Brian Kinney)
*CRIES*

Guys guys guys. Why are Google ads in my RL-email account leading me to sites like this??
slumber: (Remember remember)
Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post (which somehow always makes me think of Harry Potter and Hufflepuffs) makes an awesome point about the whole Sarah Palin thing:

...Palin, and the circus she's brought to town, are simply a bountiful collection of small lies deliberately designed to distract the country from one big truth: the havoc that George Bush and the Republican Party have wrought, and that John McCain is committed to continuing.

Every second of this campaign not spent talking about the Republican Party's record, and John McCain's role in that record, is a victory for John McCain.

[sic]

And the plan has worked beautifully. Just look at what's being discussed just 57 days before the election. Is it the highest unemployment rate in five years? The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The suicide bombing yesterday in Iraq that killed six people and wounded 54 -- in the same market where last month a bomb killed 28 people and wounded 72? That the political reconciliation that was supposedly the point of "the surge" is nowhere near happening? That Iraq's Shiite government is now rounding up the American-backed Sunni leaders of the Awakening? That the reason 8,000 soldiers may be leaving Iraq soon is so more can be deployed to Afghanistan where the Taliban is steadily retaking the country?

No. We're talking about whether Sarah Palin was or was not a good mayor, whether she was or was not a good mother, whether her skirts are too short and her zingers too sarcastic.


Christ but it's true, isn't it?

Read the full article here.
slumber: (dive into work)
so. much. work. to. do. Haven't been able to get on YM, though I've been commenting on some of your LJs (that was me putting off work, btw) and catching up on The Daily Show. Colbert Report up next. :|

and also, somehow, I was able to watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno when he had Russell Brand over. (Which Americans, I believe, can watch here.) Russell Brand is ♥ ([livejournal.com profile] boho, thank you so very much for introducing him. :D)

I loved Jay Leno's monologue at the beginning about Sarah Palin:

"She may actually be the first beauty pageant contestant to bring about world peace."


Except, of course, she's also Sarah Palin.

"Another Vice President who hunts. What could go wrong?"


Palin is the Twilight of the political fandom, y/y?

Okay, I really should be working now. :| ([livejournal.com profile] acidpop25, I shall be on YM tonight.)
slumber: (Default)
Since it started reading like Gossip Girl, that's when.

Apparently Palin's daughter is pregnant.

Not to be confused with the alleged cover-up of her daughter's pregnancy, mind.

Man. Where's the popcorn?

ALSO, omg, where's Gossip Girl? Us TV-less people need our fix still! D:
slumber: (facepalm)
Just in case you all thought my political posts were biased-- so I found out John McCain picked a woman to run as his vice president. (She is a woman who, according to [livejournal.com profile] ccharlotte, wants to take polar bears out of the endangered list so that we can drill for oil in their habitats. :|)

In marketing we talk about how people/companies/brands send out messages based on what they do. Instinctively, this is the message I got from McCain:

"O HAI AMERICA. I guess I don't look like I'll be changing anything in this country compared to Obama over there, but HERE ya go-- white female veep, so in case I croak in the next four years (and I probably will)-- you guys will STILL have your first non-white-male president!

"PS. I can has votes nao?"



Sorry for the spam today. :|
slumber: (femmeslash)
California has legalized gay marriage.



By the afternoon, gay and lesbian couples had already started lining up at San Francisco City Hall to make appointments to get marriage licenses.


Unlike Massachusetts, California has no residency requirement for obtaining a marriage license, meaning gays from around the country are likely to flock to the state to be wed, said Jennifer Pizer, a gay-rights attorney who worked on the case.


I love how it fits. :D

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