Wednesday, April 26
by Sue on Wed 26 Apr 2006 07:19 PM EDT
I just shake my head that the state is allocating $85,000 for Upper St. Clair. Dormont might lose a pool. My own community of Manchester has not a single organized youth activity. And schools throughout this region are scraping by.
I think the IB program is important and kudos to the parents (and the students) for not letting the wingers win. It is just sad this victory underscores the truth that those who have access get a disproportionate share of resources. Does that bode well for the lesbians and gays in Pennsylvania?
by Sue on Wed 26 Apr 2006 06:59 PM EDT
From the PA-GALA website, an update on the PA marriage protection amendment ...
Visit the PA-GALA website for information on how to contact your State rep.
by Sue on Wed 26 Apr 2006 07:34 AM EDT
The Trib's Mike Seate steps up for his turn on the Rene Portland homobashing situation and considers Portland a viable candidate for Pennsylvania politics.
Seate makes some nice comparisons to our illustrious hall of crminals, including Western PA's very own Jeff "Corruption" Habay.
Seate believes that Portland may in fact be on to this trend ...
What a great commonwealth is Pennsylvania!
Monday, April 24
by Sue on Mon 24 Apr 2006 07:42 PM EDT
From a blurb on the Post-Gazette website comes the nugget that the Upper St. Clair School District is reinstating the International Baccalaureate program in the face of a hailstorm of protest and a pending lawsuit.
IB is an educational curriculum that proposes to give students an "international" perspective in the classroom. Obviously, its a propaganda tool for the liberals and thank goodness the alert Christian wingers stomped out the evil influence while they could.
USC tried to dodge the discrimination bullet by claiming that they axed the program for funding purposes. So then Uncle Eddie sensing an opportunity in election year stepped up and said that the state government would drop everything to fund this program for one of the wealthiest suburban districts in Western PA. To hell with those urban kids and their pesky academic needs ...
Plus, some school board idiot let it slip that it was about the threat to Judeao-Christian values anyway.
The parents filed suit (did the school board forget that the ACLU legal guru lives in their district --- the guy who already whomped on the intelligent design folks in Dover?).
So its all better now. Politics will have its course in the next round of elections. The kids can continue to learn about life outside of their box. And the rest of us can take heart knowing that occasionally, the good guys win.
I mean, seriously, did they just not know that he lived there?
by Sue on Mon 24 Apr 2006 11:53 AM EDT
Aren't they cute?
These are two of our canine crew members, Alexander and Amadeus. We've been working on a 7 month quest to help them come to terms with their apparent fear of men. Hence ...
Essentially, we ferret out our male friends who aren't afraid of big dogs and invite them over to toss bacon bits and other meaty tidbits to two large barking dogs while trying not to flinch. We reward the men with chocolate chip cookies.
It has been working very well. After about 10 minutes of fear barking, they both end up on the floor begging for belly rubs and petting. Now, we are gearing up for a summer Man Party. Two dogs, two lesbians, our straight female dog trainer and a room full of gay men ... now that's a party!
Miss Mona and her feline companions are not thrilled with all the ruckus, but certainly enjoy the company. They only fear children with sticky fingers.
by Sue on Mon 24 Apr 2006 10:38 AM EDT
Local gay advocate Dana Elmendorf asks Pennsylvania to consider why Darryl Metcalfe and his band of merry men are rushing the marriage protection amendment to the House floor? This was in the PG.
UPDATE 11:27 AM: And this was in Friday's Tribune Review. Good job Dana!
by Sue on Mon 24 Apr 2006 10:03 AM EDT
The Post-Gazette Editors have spoken -- (emphasis mine)
I never thought I'd see the day when ESPN was more in synch with my thoughts than the Post-Gazette. Welcome to that day!
What the hell are the PG editors implying ... that the punishment fits the crime because it was just a little dyke bashing instead of a real case of discrimination?
Penn State doesn't get a pass on this. The University is making it very clear that there is a hierarchy of protection in their anti-discrimination policy. Racial discimination is not tolerated. Homophobia is okay if you are willing to pay $10,000.
Portland violated the University's nondiscrimination policy. There is no hierarchy (or there should NOT be) of protected classes within that policy. Period. She forced Jennifer Harris to go to school and play basketball in a hostile environment, eventually driving her out.
Now the Post-Gazette has dropped the ball, too. They didn't question Penn State's motivation for this wrist slapping maneuver.
Pennsylvania's homosexuals are not second class citizens. Bad enough our relationships are under assault from the right wingers, but now our young people are being denied an opportunity to pursue a higher education in a safe environment at the state land grant university. That is unacceptable.
Shame on the Post-Gazette for bowing at the altar of anything goes athletics.
When the hell is Tony Norman coming back?
Sunday, April 23
by Sue on Sun 23 Apr 2006 08:21 PM EDT
This legislation essentially criminalizes homosexuality. It strips a group of human beings of their entire identity and any claim to justice whatsoever. Homosexuals will "no longer be human beings, but illegal beings."
Peter Akinola, Anglican bishop and all around homohater, argues that this law reflects the Nigerian people's view on sexual matters.
I can't make this stuff up folks. God be with the entire Nigeria population. Because the Anglican Church sure isn't with them.
by Sue on Sun 23 Apr 2006 10:04 AM EDT
By my count, the Post-Gazette has published 11 letters to the editor on the topic of the anti-gay marriage amendment making its way through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Prior to these letters, the PG featured two op-ed pieces on the same topic. The pro-amendment position came from sponsor, Darryl Metcalfe. The anti-amendment position came from the great Dan Frankel.
Here's the interesting part .... out of the 11 people who took the time to write a letter to the editor, 10 of them are opposed to the amendment. Their reasons vary, but all ten clearly do not see this issue at the top of the priority list for Pennsylvania's elected officials. The lone supporter of the amendment is a representative of Concerned Women for America. <Click on the category Marriage on the left hand menu for links to all 11 letters>
There have been no letters in the Tribune Review.
So my next question is whether Pennsylvania's legislators are reading the Post-Gazette. The consensus has been that the pols are supporting this amendment to galvanize support among their conservative base. A base that is usually quite vocal about anything homorelated. A base that usually picks up a pen and lets the world know how they feel about gay marriage.
But in this case, one of those persons picked up a pen. I asked the PG letters editor to her face if the 10-1 ratio was reflective of the actual letters received and she answered in the affirmative.
10-1 readers of the largest newspaper in Western Pennsylvania. And no reader of the second largest.
Are you paying attention Republican Caucus?
Click here to read what PG letter writers said in today's edition. Including the luminous Carol Untch.
by Sue on Sun 23 Apr 2006 09:44 AM EDT
Tribune Review colunist Eric Heyl has coined a new verb. To "Metcalf" is to "wantonly engage in acts of stupefying redundancy."
Heyl goes right for the political jugular
Regardless of your opinion on same-sex marriage, know this about Metcalfe's anti-brokeback bill: It is entirely unnecessary, as superfluous and manipulative a piece of legislation as you currently will find making its way through the Capitol's semi-corrupt corridors.