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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-25

"Gee, looks like NOBODY killed Freddie Gray. Guess he just died of being black. Funny how that happens in this country." -- Stephen King (@StephenKing), 2016-06-23

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-24

"Watching the brexit vote gives me some small idea of the powerless horror the rest of the world must feel every time the US votes for prez." -- @jlfeder, 2016-06-23

"I don't want a future in which politics is primarily a battle between cosmopolitan finance capitalism and ethno-nationalist backlash." -- Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes), 2016-06-23

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-23

"We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done." -- Alan Turing (b. 1912-06-23, d. 1954-06-07)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-22

"I don't even know how to communicate this clearly. I feel like I get reminded of the inconvenience and visibility of my gender pretty much all day. Pronouns, terms of address, bathrooms, shopping, interacting, corresponding – these are the tiny little things that make up day to day life, and they're all super gendered. I don't think that's as apparent if you're in a normative gender space, but when you're navigating a transition, or hold a non binary/gender queer identity, they all become little decisions and catches. How do I represent myself authentically here? Where do I fit? How can I be visible? Is this safe?

"Honestly, I'm often tired of thinking about gender. I would love to not think about it. I wish that existing in social spaces didn't make me have to think about it all the time. I really, really do have other things to think about. Oh, but here's an email for a survey for a service I use and enjoy. The second field? 'Sex: m/f'. Great."

-- Robot Hugs, 2016-05-25 (artist's note below comic)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-21

"No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself." -- attributed to William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), but none of the citations I've found identify the work or letter it's from and it's not on his Wikiquote page. Using it here anyhow on account of Trump.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-20

"I want my country back from nationalists who say their nationalism isn't like all those other nasty nationalisms. I want my country back from cynics who say that all politicians are crooks and liars. I want my country back from weasels who say that only the politicians with whom they agree may be exempted from this judgment.

"I want my country back from those who think protesting against a free press is joyous.

"I want my country back from politicians who ignore real problems in favour of re-fighting constitutional battles already lost.

"I want my country back from those who want us to return to the days when it was okay to joke about 'darkies' and 'poofs'. I want my country back from those who conceal their hatred beneath a cloak cut from 'legitimate concerns'.

"I want my country back from anyone who feeds hatred."

-- Euan McColm, 2016-06-18

[Our sun, as viewed from Earth, halts its seasonal crawl northward and begins iinching south again at 18:34 this evening. Happy Summer Solstice, all!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-19

"Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories." -- John Wilmot

Today is:
Gregorian: 2016 July 19 (Father's Day and Juneteenth)
Julian: 2016 June 06
Hebrew: 5776 Sivan 13
Islamic: 1437 Ramadan 13
Persian: 1395 Khordad 30
Mayan: 0.0.0.13.0.3.9.16 (about 2700 more years until the universe is detroyed and re-made, or about 63 billion years until the calendar runs out and rolls over to all zeroes)
Indian: 1938 Jyaistha 29
and tomorrow is the summer solstice (18:34 EDT).

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-18

"I use 'status unknown, assume dead' often. It really makes my life a lot easier.

"If I get a rude customer at work, or an inconsiderate driver takes a parking space, or some egg hassles me on Twitter, I simply remind myself that there are billions of people on the planet, all milling about at random. The odds of my running into that person again are vanishingly small (and, even if I do, I likely won't remember or recognize them), so there's no reason not to assume that, as soon as they left my field of view, they immediately collapsed of an instant and painless heart attack and were absorbed silently into the earth, never to be seen again.

"It's a very freeing mindset - zen, you might say - and I recommend it for anyone with stress or anger issues."

-- Tailsteak, 2016-06-10 (author's note under that day's Leftover Soup strip)

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A comment deleted by a friend who bemoaned (among a list of other things) LGTBQ people calling out groups that have amplified homophobic currents in US culture ... tl;dr version: (a) saying "can't we just all get along?" while ignoring how one group has been and still is harming the group complaining about it, is not "peace", it's saying it's more comfortable to excuse the behaviour than to do the work to fix it; (b) saying "please stop hitting us" is not an "attack"; (c) denying GBLTQ members full participation in their religious communities will still be part of the problem, but if It's strictly an inside-the-church issue, that church doesn't get specifically named as an exceptional example at times like this. Anyhow, here's what was apparently too much (which I suppose illustrates an important distinction between "friend" and ally):

You missed an important thing about the Evangelicals: the rhetoric there that I've seen hasn't been "blame it all on them", it's been, "you don't have to make this all about Islam to explain the actions of one not-very-religious American, when our whole culture is steeped in homophobia," and persistent attacks on LTGBQ people by Evangelicals are a particularly visible example. Not just Evangelicals, but right-wing politicians trying to cater to them OR using rhetoric of hating and fearing the Other to draw in not-particularly-religious social conservatives. And every [expletive]ing script writer who makes gay or trans people a punch line. And every jerk who unthinkingly misgenders Caitlyn Jenner, Chelsea Manning, or even Ann Coulter (who isn't trans, but that's supposed to be the "joke", accusing her of being trans to put her down -- the only lasting effect of which is to throw actual trans people into the "use as punch lines" category). And everybody who either uses casual homophobia as humour or as an in-group shibboleth. Everyone who uses "gay" either as an indistinct signifier of "bad in some way" or as the most hateful thing they can think of to call somebody. Everyone who tries to dictate when trans people should "disclose" and to whom, and whether violence upon finding out someone attractive is trans is a "natural" (i.e. excusable) reaction. And TERFs who make enemies out of the very people who could be their biggest allies in "deconstructing gender" because they'd rather try to get other people to hurt us and talk about wishing for us to die, And every church of any denomination -- or synagogue or mosque -- that excludes LGTBQ people from leadership, from full inclusion as participants in their religious community, who "debates" the significance of our very existence. Or that says, "oh, we fully accept and love our GTLBQ members, but please don't talk about it too much or bring in too many more like you because we're afraid that'll turn us into "a gay church". Have you not noticed that people are saying we can't let any of that go, can't excuse any of it when examining why an American would shoot up a gay bar? Or did you only notice that Evangelicals got name-checked in the middle of that and decide to make it all about them?

And blame lies at the feet of everyone making Latinx people punch lines or bogeymen -- making them the only visible face of illegal immigration, handwaving the existence of ones who are here legally to make every reference to Latinx people about borders, stereotyping them the same way we used to stereotype African Americans which is the same way Europe used to stereotype Jews and now stereotypes the Rom, talking about Latinx Americans as if they weren't "really American" but forever alien no matter how many generations their families have been Americans. Everyone sharing and spreading those memes is culpable too, in making it easier for someone to go and shoot up a gay bar on Latinx Night. Last I checked, that wasn't an Evangelical issue (but it is a frequent right-wing thing).

But we can't name the problems and the participants without people who would be more comfortable upholding the status quo complaining that our pointing out the riptide of hate underneath the surf of American culture is "being divisive" and "making the problem worse". (How do we start fixing this if we don't talk about it and call out those who promote it (maliciously or unthinkingly)?)

But oh, we're "zealots" for naming names. Screw you. This wasn't some abstract "attack on the idea of America" -- the choice of targets made it political while the bodies were still falling, not just after we heard the news and started talking about it.

But as long as we've mentioned Evangelicals, let's examine why they're named above. For the last 35+ years, the loudest, most hateful voices speaking out against TGBLQ people have identified themselves as Evangelicals, been backed by Evangelical organizations, and have claimed that their doing so is rooted in their faith. Not the ones making jokes about gay and trans people or casually saying "no homo"; the ones telling people to be afraid of us, calling us pedophiles, telling people first to be scared of the thought of gays and lesbians in bathrooms, and then to be scared of trans women in bathrooms (as they erase trans men). The people trying to pass laws against us have overwhelmingly not only identified themselves as Evangelical, they have insisted that these are religious positions -- Evangelical positions, and they try and try to make people think that therefore they're default Christian positions -- even as other Christians have disagreed and even some individual Evangelicals have said, "uh, can we maybe turn this ship around? I don't think we're helping..." Again: Evangelical churches have gotten behind this, so it's not just a few loudmouths trying to drag their names into it.

And when called out on bigotry, they again cast it as a religious matter and frame equality as an "attack" on their faith. We all can see how the so-called "religious freedom" bills are not about being allowed to practice one's faith, only about getting away with harming those they demonize. So when critiquing their actions over the past few decades to poison the public discourse gets framed as an "attack" on Evangelicals? Yeah, screw you, we see it for what it is: just wanting to deny responsibility for their own part in this whole mess.

Evangelicals are the reason disagreements get framed as being "between LTBGQ people and religion," erasing not only the large number of LGBTQ Christians, but also erasing all the denominations and congregations saying, "we don't have a problem with queerfolk," or, "that's an inside-our-church issue, not a public moral crusade". Evangelicals picked this fight. You don't get to complain when we say, "Hey, they've been hitting me." At least, don't expect to be taken seriously when you do.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-17

"We know people are using the deaths of queer folk, many of whom were latinx/POC, to further an agenda of islamophobia and racism. This must not be permitted - our bodies must not used as bricks to build their hateful walls." -- Robot Hugs, 2016-06-14 [emphasis added]

"Don't let straight people use our deaths to justify their ugliness and hate. Anyone who uses tragedy to codify hate is not an ally; they'll be looking for their next target soon enough." -- ibid. (artist's commentary below comic)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-16

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." -- Madeleine L'Engle

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-15

"Did we believe a final Reckoning and Judgment; or did we think enough of what we do believe, we would allow more Love in Religion than we do; since Religion it self is nothing else but Love to God and Man. [...] Love is indeed Heaven upon Earth; since Heaven above would not be Heaven without it: For where there is not Love; there is Fear: But perfect Love casts out Fear." -- William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims, 1682

[Happy birthday to [info] - personal twistedchick, [info] dmk, and Tabitha!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-14

"Say, here's an item: A group of right-wing journalists famed for their impartiality has set themselves up as the Patriotism Police. No less distinguished a crowd than Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, The New York Post editorial page and the Fox News Channel -- quite a bunch of Pulitzer winners there -- are now passing judgment on whether media outlets that do actual reporting are sufficiently one-sided for their taste." -- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)

[And now we have Trump picking and choosing newspapers too honest to be allowed to cover him...]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-13

"Understand that I approach the topic of thoughts and prayers as High Priest and Witch. It's not a platitude, and when I (frequently) tell someone that they are in my thoughts and prayers, I am making a statement of Will. Which is to say I am doing Magick.

[...]

"But thoughts and prayers on the lips of those who actively cause and perpetuate the world in which these events lead us to need thoughts and prayers, that is the rankest of hypocrisy, and merits our bitterest scorn. It is the homophobes, the racists, the folk who will hear of no regulation on gun ownership no matter how reasonable that draw such righteous wrath from us when they offer us thoughts and prayers on the day that their deliberate actions have lead to their predictable consequences."

-- Daniel B. Holzman-Tweed, 2016-06-12

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-12

"What the Israelites heard at Sinai has become known as the 'Ten Commandments.' But this description raises obvious problems. First, neither the Torah nor Jewish tradition calls them the Ten Commandments. The Torah calls them aseret hadevarim (Ex. 34:28), and tradition terms them aseret hadibrot, meaning 'the ten utterances.' Second, there was much debate, especially between Maimonides and Nahmanides, as to whether the first verse, 'I am the Lord your God ...,' is a command or a preface to the commands. Third, there are not ten commandments in Judaism but 613. Why, then, these but not those?

"Light has been shed on all these issues by the discovery, already mentioned, of ancient Near Eastern suzerainty treaties, most of which share certain features and forms. They begin with a preamble stating who is initiating the covenant. That is why the revelation opened with the words, 'I am the Lord your God.' Then comes a historical review stating the background and context of the covenant, in this case, 'who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the slave-house.'

"Next come the stipulations, first in general outline, then in specific detail. That is precisely the relationship between the 'ten utterances' and the detailed commands set out in later chapters and books of the Torah. The former are the general outline, the latter, the details. So the 'ten utterances' are not commandments as such but an articulation of basic principles. What makes them special is that they are simple and easy to memorise. That is because in Judaism, law is not intended for judges alone. The covenant at Sinai was made by God with an entire people. Hence the need for a brief statement of basic principles that everyone could remember and recite."

-- Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, "The Ten Utterances (extract from the Koren-Sacks Shavuot machzor)"

[To my friends celebrating Shavuot, Chag Sameach!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-11

"Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting." -- Gottfried Leibniz

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-10

"I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order." -- Lyndon Johnson (b. 1908-08-27, d. 1973-01-22; US President 1963-1969)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-09

"If we are to have freedom to speak, freedom to assemble, and, yes, the freedom to bear arms, we must have responsibility as well. And to those of us who do not agree with the purveyors of hatred and division, with the promoters of paranoia, I remind you that we have freedom of speech, too, and we have responsibilities, too. And some of us have not discharged our responsibilities. It is time we all stood up and spoke against that kind of reckless speech and behavior.

"If they insist on being irresponsible with our common liberties, then we must be all the more responsible with our liberties. When they talk of hatred, we must stand against them. When they talk of violence, we must stand against them. When they say things that are irresponsible, that may have egregious consequences, we must call them on it. The exercise of their freedom of speech makes our silence all the more unforgivable. So exercise yours, my fellow Americans. Our country, our future, our way of life is at stake. I never want to look into the faces of another set of family members like I saw yesterday, and you can help to stop it."

-- Bill Clinton (b. 1946-08-19, POTUS 1993-2001), 1995-04-24 (after the Oklahoma City bombing)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2016-06-08

"As mankind become more liberal they will be more apt to allow, that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the Community are equally entitled to the protection of civil Government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality." -- George Washington (b. 1732-02-22[*], d. 1799-12-14; President of the US 1789-1797), Letter to Roman Catholics, (1790-03-15) [via Wikiquote]

[*] Recorded as 11 Feb. 1731-32 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 22 Feb. 1732, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. See a calendar for September 1752 for the changeover (on a Unix/Linux computer, type "cal 9 1752"). Note that different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:09pm on 2016-06-07

Little cat crying (in her high, tiny voice), until I move her kibble bowl eight inches. So that I will be feeding her, instead of her feeding herself. Little drama-kitty.

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