Saturday, July 17
by Sue on Sat 17 Jul 2010 09:36 AM EDT
Capitol Ideas debunks Corbett's ridiculous mocking of his working class citizens ....
He lied? This is precisely why we need to continue pushing for LGBT economic issues on a local level as well as statewide --- statewide does not look too promising. I bang my head on the table when a die hard conservative friend tells me Onorato is the man.
by Sue on Sat 17 Jul 2010 09:28 AM EDT
From Infinonymous ....
Infinon reports it was papered over the next day.
Tuesday, July 13
by Sue on Tue 13 Jul 2010 10:13 PM EDT
Just read Slag Heap every day. Not only does it make me nostalgic for the slap heap upon which I played as a child (now known as Century Square in West Mifflin), but it is probably the smartest blog in the region. Well, Chris Briem is pretty damn close but I have to admit he intimidates me.
Just do it.
by Sue on Tue 13 Jul 2010 10:08 PM EDT
Always good news to see grassroots efforts to push for equality.
Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County is on the path toward establishing protected class status for the LGBT community. You can find out more about this effort through their Facebook Page.
It really is hand to hand combat to win over the hearts and minds of elected officials. That won't happen without our full participation in the struggle for equality. Join the Facebook Page to get yourself educated and be humbled that Pittsburgh has a twenty year start, plus domestic partnership benefits for City employees and a domestic partner registry. Progress can happen with dedication, careful planning and the unrelenting pressure to hold our electeds accountable for the equality they profess to support.
Congrats to the folks in Lower Merion. I'll be watching and hoping for the best.
by Sue on Tue 13 Jul 2010 09:57 PM EDT
Should this be a factor? What about in Pennsylvania? Should we ask Jim Burn to take these factors in account?
by Sue on Tue 13 Jul 2010 09:49 PM EDT
I haven't had a proper vacation since 2002. We've had a few weekend trips, but not a real getaway with sand and sea gulls and she crab bisque. You know, the beach.
Today, three things fell into place and we went for a plan that had been roiling around in our minds for a few months. The room was still available so its done.
It will be interesting to experience another trip as a couple. Sometimes people are cool (Canada), others they are sort of "la la la, I pretend you are sisters" (Cleveland). We celebrate 7 years this Sunday so this is a good way to celebrate.
Plus, she crab bisque.
Sunday, July 11
by Sue on Sun 11 Jul 2010 10:00 PM EDT
Keeping with my theme of today's idiots, I must nominate Randy Cohen - "The Ethicist" for the New York Times, a feature I usually like.
Today, he tackles WHEN to out a transgender date. Not when that person should disclose, but what a shocked date must do in response to learning this information. No handbills, but its okay to talk about it.
Not a word on the tremendously high rates of assault and murder of transgender men and women. No, Cohen just goes for the laugh about TMI on a first date (don't talk about wanting kids), but the necessity to disclose before you disrobe (on the first date?). He takes not an iota of responsibility for what one's friends and colleagues might do once they have this information. Nor does he assume that it is an individual's right to make that disclosure. He just assumes it must be discussed, perhaps to deal with the horror of having dinner with a man who was born female?
Arrrrgggggg. See The Bilerico Project for more.
by Sue on Sun 11 Jul 2010 09:32 AM EDT
LezGetReal.com has something up on the Pentagon pushing back on the LGBT community's outcry over the ridiculous survey the Pentagon has mailed to 400,000 members of the military.
Confidential? No outside influence? No torture took place? Ooops.
Let us remember that no such survey took place when the armed forced were integrated or when women began assuming combat roles. They figured it out without using inflammatory rhetoric to stir up bias, bigotry and fear.
The military really sucks. This is yet another farcical move in the long line of delays and pandering to homophobes who don't want the repeal.
It is really hard to determine what is making my head spin more this morning, Pennsylvana politics or national politics.
by Sue on Sun 11 Jul 2010 09:18 AM EDT
Tom Corbett is a major ass. If this is his view of Pennsylvania's labor force (the "working man"), just IMAGINE what he thinks about people relying on the safety net for survival.
From Capitol Ideas:
Capitol Ideas has links to soundbytes.
I don't know anyone who wants to be on unemployment. I interview probably 5-10 people per month and receive dozens more resumes from people who want to work. Unfortunately, most of them are not qualified for our jobs, but it is amazing to see the breadth of their backgrounds. Ironically, a LOT of folks are people who were laid off from a human services position and took up a laborer job to feed their families. They want back into their field (and probably want health insurance).
Would you make more from uninsurance than we can pay? In some cases, probably yes -- but I've yet to meet someone who sees it as a good tradeoff if for no other reason than they realize that the job might be gone when they are "ready".
Can you imagine what this man will do to human service funding if has this sort of contempt for Pennsylvania's workers?