Monday, June 26
by Sue on Mon 26 Jun 2006 10:57 PM EDT
You know this probably sucks for a bunch of other people waaaayyy more than me, but I am majorly bummed. And tonight I was just talking about this whole thing with a bunch of cool dykes. Ah well ....I'm still going on Friday. And I'll be back for waffles ...
by Sue on Mon 26 Jun 2006 07:39 AM EDT
In a move that makes one start to contemplate the early onset of dementia, Senator John McCain is all for DADT (PageOneQ).
According to the Washington Post, the cost to taxpayers for discharging and replacing gay servicemembers between 1994 and 2003 was $364 million dollars. A total of 9,500 servicemembers were discharged in that time period because they are gay. That's 9,500 able-bodied people with essential skills, talents and training. That includes individuals versed in both Arabic and Farsi -- fired b/c of their sexual orientation. Is that really in the best interest of national security?
And this from the House Blend ...
Why I'm sure the homosexuals have been wrecking havoc throughout the military. What with our "I wanna get married" whining and the whole obsession on retaining custody of our children. Not to mention the fact that we insist on finding treatments and a cure for AIDS.
I was going to make a snide little reference to slaughtering civilians, but then I realized that it is not necessary. The stupidity of this policy and its infringement on our community's self-determination is the point. If homosexuals want to be part of the military, they should be evaluated on their qualifications period.
McCain is a loon.
Photo is from PageOneQ. It speaks volumes.
Sunday, June 25
by Sue on Sun 25 Jun 2006 10:04 AM EDT
I think the PG's poser-columnist Catherine Specter is losing her grip. Not only does she continue her relentless campaign to drag unsuspecting yinzerettes back into her 1950's delusional reality, but now she's just rambling incoherently ... who made the decision to give her a column?
First, she makes a bizarre allusion to Darwin out of nowhere in order to make a rather weird point about embracing your gay friends. Right after pointing out that all relationships improve or die. Huh?
Second to bat is a single chick who doesn't want to get married and gives a big feminist shout out to all her sisters in the same boat. Does Specter accept the props? No, she has to get in a little marriage dig. And there's this little gem:
OK, cause that's what the woman is doing. She's staying single on principle, not because it is a valid life choice. I'm sure if Cat helped her "prettify her attitude" things would be much better in terms of taking down a man, er getting a husband.
Finally, there is this jumble of words that I can only interpret as a desperate cry for help from the author:
If you only get halfway to anywhere ... you are still somewhere? Its the journey not the destination? Sometimes the road signs are wrong? You are a bisexual? Again, WTF?
I suspect Specter made a pact with the devil to trade her self-respect for a chance to be Pittsburgh's Carrie Bradshaw. Now she's decompensating and soon will emerge as a minor-league Ann Coulter clone ...
by Sue on Sun 25 Jun 2006 09:08 AM EDT
Surf on over to see what our good friend and ally David aka Political Junkie has to say about Santorum and the Tribune Review this morning ...one of his strongest blog posts.
by Sue on Sun 25 Jun 2006 09:01 AM EDT
The position of voting FOR amending the constitution to protect marriage from homosexuals is not "a real position on gay civil rights." It is capitulation pure and simple. They want to have their cake and eat it, too. And Tony Perkins is going to continue pushing our regressive Democrats here in Western PA further and further back into a corner until they abandon homosexuals altogether. And he has the $$ to do it.
by Sue on Sun 25 Jun 2006 08:45 AM EDT
From Sunday's Post-Gazette comes a little "Aside" by the PG editors putting Rendell's PrideFest visit into the context of the larger movement by PA Republicans AND Democrats to write hate into our state constitution.
It would appear that the Post-Gazette editorial board is as politically unsophisticated as me in thinking that the Senate's passage of a the amendment (even in its amended form) by DEMOCRATS and Rethuglicans is not the most stirring sign of support for the homos.
It is refreshing to have witnessed some political principle firsthand and to see the PG acknowledge it.
Saturday, June 24
by Sue on Sat 24 Jun 2006 04:43 PM EDT
This morning, I dragged my ass out of bed at 7 AM and discovered that we had neither milk nor orange juice. Since we did have coffee, I was cool, but I knew that herself would want to be fed eventually. So I suggested we dine out for breakfast. I admit I was thinking Eat'NPark. But she had the brilliant idea of going to the Square Cafe in Regent Square.
We had been there before to catch the luminous Eve Goodman perform, but only sampled some of the hummus and beverages. So anyway, I called to determine their breakfast serving hours (all day) and lo and behold, guess who answers the phone? Gab Bonesso, the comedy chick we met the other day when we went to see John McIntire perform at the Funny Bone.
Its obviously a cool place to work because Gab, Autumn Ayers and a few other friendly employees all took turns waiting on us (and making us laugh). Let me just tell you that the waffles have this secret ingredient (orange juice) that make them taste like something right out of an episode of The Waltons. Before Grandma had her stroke and she made huge country breakfasts for the entire clan in her tidy little homemade dress ... I bet she put some of The Recipe in those waffles. All we ever had as chez Kerr were the Eggo kind, actually the generic version of Eggos. My grandmother was more of a Shredded Wheat and prune juice for breakfast kind of gal. Since she's 90 now and never had a stroke like Grandma Walton, I guess there's something to be said for Shredded Wheat. But I digress ...
Anyway, being waited on by creative artisty people is much more fun than your typical slack jawed yinzerette with a permanent cigarette droop to her lip and a snarl that makes you think twice before asking for something on the side. Like the chick at Soho last week (PrideFest nonetheless) who accidentally threw honey mustard all over Ledcat and MY PURSE. It was an accident, but it took 13 minutes for her to get us a wet cloth. In the meantime, I unrolled 13 sets of silverware from 5 surrounding tables to use the cloth napkins. Which seemed to displease her. I hope she delivered a baby in that 13 minutes because I cannot imagine what would be more important than removing honey mustard from your customers. So like a good lesbian, I spoke to the manager but to my credit I left her a really big tip b/c I know it was HIS fault for her being harried. But I digress again ....its like 99 degrees up here in the Correspondents computer lair so forgive me.
Anyway, next Friday at the Square Cafe you have the opportunity to catch both Gab and Autumn performing LIVE. and you can have some of the delish hummus. Or a real meal which is what we plan to do ...possibly you can have OJ infused waffles. But I'm not making any promises since i don't actually work there. I am fairly sure you can make it through the evening without being dipped in honey mustard, but then again you might like that so ...
You must, however, promise to laugh at the abortion jokes.
Well the Correspondents are off in pursuit of sno-cones from Gus and Yaya ...
8 PM Friday June 30 Square Cafe --- A Homo-Affirming Business ... be there and be square ... god I sound like McIntire now .... it really is the heat ... or maybe they infused my waffles with mimosas ...
by Sue on Sat 24 Jun 2006 09:17 AM EDT
Simon Property Group forced a 10-year old girl in one of its Missouri malls to remove a bandana decorated with smiley faces, peace signs and flowers. The 10 year old had violated item No. 10 on the list of 17 offenses: "failing to be fully clothed or wearing apparel which is likely to provide a disturbance or embroil other groups or the general public in open conflict." (Columbia Daily Tribune)
Simon Property has refused to explain how a smiley face bandana promotes disturbances or conflict.
Ironically, the JC Penney store in that very same mall sells ... decorated bandannas.
Here's the best part. Simon officials won't tell us what clothing is acceptable on their private property and what is not acceptable.
Given that Simons is the owner of three of our own lovely and talented malls - Century III, Ross Park and South Hills Village, we should probably know.
I'm guessing clothing worn predominantly by teenagers, African-Americans and homosexuals will be high up on that list. Not so much Mom jeans, tee shirts with pot belly stretch marks and Alfred Dunner mix 'n match.
by Sue on Sat 24 Jun 2006 08:47 AM EDT
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell speaks to the crowd at the beginning of the Pride Awareness March on Saturday, June 17, 2006. Click on the image to see other photos from PrideFest posted on the Gay & Lesbian Community Center website.
For those of you with great suggestions on how to improve PrideFest, you can find information on joining the PrideFest Committee. That would be the most effective way to actually make Pride more queer-friendly, more political, more-woman friendly, more youth-friendly, more vegetarian friendly, more low income friendly, recruit more pride merchandise venders, diversify the entertainment, increase the activities ... and the whole host of other things I have heard people complain about over the past weeks.
Or you can continue to complain and be part of the problem.
by Sue on Sat 24 Jun 2006 08:10 AM EDT
A gay affirming congregation, they proudly displayed a rainbow flag in front of their church building as a sign that everyone is welcome.
Earlier this week, some pathetic homo-bigot decided to steal the flag, an action the church's pastor attributes to the dischord caused by the marriage amendment debate. (Wanna bet it was a self-styled Christian who stole it?)
But the real story here is how the Church has responded to this prank, mischief, theft, whatever.
Amen, sister. You do Christians proud.