Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist

This tired trend of firing gay linguists has been going on in the Army for some time under the Bush administration. Don't Ask Don't Tell needs to be repealed. Obama can now end it, as he promised us.
kevyn: (meme)
( Apr. 15th, 2009 06:31 pm)
As soon as I saw the headline on Drudge, I knew it was the beginning of the end. Sure, Drudge sensationalizes comments like Gov. Rick Perry's, who was probably just making empty threats to Washington D.C..

But the cat's out of the bag. Texas mythology has long held that the Lone Star State, as a former independent republic, could return to that status if it so desired. And I'll be VERY interested to see how the threat plays to Texans' ears, as well as the rest of the country. It may just get some people thinkin'...

For well over a decade, I've been predicting that the United States could go the way of the Soviet Union, the way Canada almost went (and may still). It's difficult to hold a large country together, especially if the central government goes bankrupt -- which may yet happen to the U.S.A. If it makes economic sense, mark my words, this country WILL disintegrate.

Perry, by making his comments, has broached a taboo subject in American political discourse that has stood since the American Civil War/War of Northern Aggression: Secession.

If the right wingers and Fox News harp on this endlessly, the wedge between Red State and Blue, between Democrat and Republican, could be driven in deeper. The country is beginning to fragment in some very fundamental ways, and the election of a black man as President is shaking the nation's roots far more than many Northern Progressives realize. There's a deep discontent in the country among the Southern, white, conservative, Christian working class. They see their very way of life under threat, from blacks, from immigrants, from gays, from Wall Street, from decaying morals. They sense that Washington D.C. no longer serves their interests.

That's a very powerful motivator for breaking away.

Now, I know my friends in Texas might say there's no way it could happen. And non-Texans might be very offended that I think the United States could break apart. But hear me out:

Texas has seceded before. It could do it again. And if it makes ECONOMIC sense to do so, it will.

And if it does, watch how quick Hawai'i follows suit.
Ahhh... is this just politeness, or actual thawing in U.S. - Cuban relations?

Fidel: How can we help President Obama?

The wing nuts' heads should be exploding, right... about... now.
I just had my Abilify prescription filled for the month, and I noticed the amount RiteAid is billing the State of Washington for my 30 tablets: $549.99!

That's $18.33 per tablet!

Sheesh, this is why I can't afford to work right now -- I need the psych meds in order to function, and I can't afford the meds without insurance... but I can only work part-time, and I can't find a part-time job with full insurance! If I work, I lose my benefits, and then I won't be able to work...

We need Universal Health care so desperately in this country, free from the gouging insurance companies, and in order to keep the pharmaceutical companies in check. Single Payer. That's all there is to it. (Unfortunately, Obama has taken it off the table.)

Third worst mistake this country ever made (after slavery and First Nations genocide) was tying health care to employment. Big, big mistake.
Yesterday turned out to be a much more delightful birthday than I could have hoped for!

The morning started with a visit from my friend and former neighbour Jahan, who came back up to town from Kirkland to pick up his bed. After we loaded his mattresses into his pickup truck, we hung out and watched Family Guy.

Then I discovered that my little sister, Nettie, who is currently serving a tour in Iraq, went on my Amazon.com Wish List and purchased the "Big and Tall" office chair that I have been needing badly (small office chairs hurt my knees). Thank you so much, Little Sister!

In the afternoon, I took the bus down to the Amtrak station to pick up Mom. She arrived on time, and was very happy to see me. I have to confess, I'm happy to see her, too! After picking up a rental car, we went and had a late lunch at Pelmeni. Then we got her checked into her hotel room.

We talked a bit about the tension between us lately. "I know you think I'm awful," she said. "Mom," I replied, "I don't think you're awful. I think you're wonderful. So we don't see eye-to-eye politically, and we bicker over email. So what? Sometimes, bickering's just a way for people who love each other to communicate!" She seemed delighted by my saying this.

After leaving her at her hotel to clean up after being on the train for 3 days, I went home and took care of some things. Then I went back to her hotel room to pick her up for dinner. I also showed her the Message for Obama book I was published in. I explained I did it for Nettie, and she seemed very pleased.

Then we went to the Cliff House for drinks and dinner. I was incredibly pleased by the turnout for my birthday dinner! Ted was there, and Richard and Brian, and Robert, and even [livejournal.com profile] man_of_snows and his partner Justin attended! It was like Faerie Coffee for dinner!

Dinner itself was wonderful. I had the Chicken & Dungeness Crab, and at the end of the meal, the restaurant brought out a HUGE complimentary sundae for me with a candle on it, while Ted serenaded me with a lovely birthday song. After making my wish (for financial security), i shared the sundae with everyone. It was a lot of fun, and I was stuffed! It was an expensive meal, and Mom paid for much of it... and I am grateful for it.

After getting Ted on the bus to go home, I took Mom back to her hotel, and then headed home myself, satisfied with a delightful day.

Thank you everyone who made me feel so loved on my 41st birthday!
Wow, this is so cool!

Obama really amazes me sometimes. He actually respects diplomacy, and shows respect to the Iranian people! Could you imagine W doing something as classy as this?

There's an old Vulcan proverb, "Only Nixon could go to China." Maybe its time for a new one: "Only Obama could go to Iran."

The Israeli hawks aren't going to be happy about this. They want the U.S. to go to war with Iran.

My only quibble with his speech is that he said "relations between our nations have been strained for three decades." Actually, it's closer to six, since the CIA and British Petroleum overthrew Iran's democratic Mosaddeq government in 1953. But hey, who's counting, right?

Obameter +4 (-4)

Current Obameter reading: (-4). (Previous ratings)
Obama signs orders to close secret prisons and Guantánamo
President Barack Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year.

Oh my gods, is it actually happening? Is he going to keep his campaign promise? Is this abomination and embarrassment finally over?

*crosses fingers*

Obameter change: +5 (+5)
Up until now, I haven't taken a stand on the controversy over the choice of heterosexist Reverend Rick Warren to give the opening invocation at Obama's inauguration next month. My stance thus far has been to just shrug, and say that he's entitled to his opinions. I do not agree with Obama's choice, but I wasn't going to make a fuss, because I understand what Obama's trying to do with being inclusive of evangelicals.

However, Warren crossed the line for me this week. What started as a reasonable disagreement over the choice of invocations has devolved into a divisive shouting match that threatens to overshadow the beginning of the Obama administration.

In the video below, you can see for yourself that Warren is now accusing his detractors of "Christophobia" and engaging in "hate speech," because they disagree with his positions on homosexuality:

I'm sorry, but no. I now see Warren as an entirely inappropriate choice for Obama. With the intense hurt that was inflicted on queers by California Prop 8, gay people have a very real reason to object to an anti-gay minister at the inauguration. It is a slap in the face for the many gay people who worked for Obama's election and voted for him (I was not one of them), and now Warren's unrepentant anti-gay comments are like rubbing salt on an open wound.

Obama clearly miscalculated when he selected Warren, and the objections are only getting louder. Warren has become too divisive for the country as a whole, and the inclusive tone that Obama is trying to foster. It's time for Warren to be a mensch, and quietly step aside for a more inclusive minister to give the invocation. In the aftermath of Prop 8, it is the Christian thing to do.
This week's Obama YouTube Address:

It's a good start. It appears he's talking about a public works program, a la FDR.

Here's to hope. I need it. WE need it.
Rosa sat so Martin could walk.
Martin walked so Barack could run.
Barack ran so our children could fly.
-- Anonymous
As I write these words, big fat cathartic tears are rolling down my cheeks, and goosebumps are covering me.

Something's changed. I can feel it.

Even though I voted for Cynthia McKinney, I am absolutely delighted that Barack Hussein Obama has been elected.

Not because he's a Democrat -- I happen to think that the Dems as a party are just as corrupt as the GOP, bought and paid for by big corporations and the Military-Industrial Complex. And certainly not because I agree with many of his political positions, because I emphatically do not.

What strikes me this morning is that, for the first time in over a decade, I'm actually feeling hopeful about the country I was born in.

My gods, we as a people CAN change!

Our conception of what "American" is has changed. When this country was founded, a person like Obama would have been a slave, counted as only 3/5 of a person.

Now, a man of African descent has been elected President. Wow. I never thought I would actually live to see the day.

The problems of race in this country are not over. Not by a long shot.

But our country, founded on slavery, racism, and genocide, has finally reached a place where it can see that we are not a "white" nation. We still have to come to a place where we recognize that we are not a male, Christian, heterosexual nation. We still have tremendous issues of class, poverty, justice, and violence to overcome.

But last night, progress was made.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union..." reads the first line of our Constitution.

We've just become a little more perfect. Progress towards that perfection CAN be made. There is room for hope.

Thank you, America, for restoring a little bit of my faith in you. Thank you for growing up.
kevyn: (Default)
( Nov. 4th, 2008 08:32 pm)
They're celebrating in the streets here in Bellingham, dancing and screaming and shooting off fireworks.

Well done, U.S.A., well done. You've restored some of my faith in you.

A black man as president. I didn't know if I'd live to see it happen, but it did.
Expect lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth down in the South. Certainly a lot of shock.

Berkeley Breathed was wrong... the first black president of the U.S. WON'T be a Republican!
The BBC has a very interesting piece about a group of Shamans in Peru who are using their unique skills to make sure "the right candidate" gets elected in the United States.


You can't make stuff like this up!

(I do worry, though, when the one Shaman says they want the U.S. to get the president it deserves. That's actually a scary thought...)
Even though I voted for McKinney, I really dislike this nasty habit some Republicans have of calling Obama by his middle name -- as if Hussein was somehow a 'bad' name. Or a scary name. Or something like that. It's really, really distasteful, and shows just how petty, small-minded and ignorant many Republicans are.

Hussein, in Arabic, means "good," or "handsome." [source: Wikipedia] Doesn't sound that scary to me.

So, from now until the election, my name is Kevyn Hussein Jacobs.

Grow up, Americans.

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tianas_knife for pointing this movement out to me on Facebook!)
Obama's Berlin Speech is another watermark...

"I come to you as... a fellow citizen of the world."

"...We must renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons."

He's running for president of Europe. He's running for president of Earth.

[ * Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] snousle for the nifty new term! ]
Obama (and Big Media) Turn Blind Eye to Israeli Apartheid

Is the chance for racial reconciliation, change, and the end of a Republican White House that Obama represents worth this price? That's the question for me this election.
I am getting so sick of this Iraq/Iran confusion. It really burns me up how many Americans are idiots on this issue. Especially Americans who SHOULD know better. Did everyone in this country flunk grade 4 geography?

For example, take all this Bullshit "John McCain is best qualified to lead us in foreign affairs" rhetoric.

No, he's NOT, and just being shot down and interned in a Vietnamese prison camp for years DOES NOT qualify you to be President of the United States... And it certainly doesn't make you qualified to handle International Diplomacy!

McCain's latest demonstration that he has no concept of Middle Eastern geography and politics came this morning on ABC, when he stated that the Iraq-Pakistan border is a very dangerous place:


Problem is, Iraq and Pakistan don't share a border!

I know, I know, he "misspoke." Problem is, SENILE OLD McCain does this all the time. Like when his AIPAC handler, Joe Lieberman, had to publicly correct him on his statement that Iran was training Al Qaida. ARRRRGH! The man has NO CLUE! NONE!

And lest I be accused of being partisan here, I'm really NOT impressed with Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente for exactly the same reason. On an interview on Democracy Now this morning, she said:

"And, of course, an immediate withdrawal from Iran. And we must not be duped that a troop withdrawal in Iran could also mean a troop transfer in Afghanistan and more young people, particularly white working-class youth, being used as cannon fodder."
( http://www.democracynow.org/2008/7/21/first_all_women_of_color_presidential )


This is my first exposure to Ms. Clemente. I have been seriously considering voting Green Party this year (voting against BOTH right-wing conservatives Barack Obama and John McCain), just as I have done in every Presidential election since 1996. But if this is the quality of candidate the Greens are running, not even the fact that they are the first party to run TWO women of color on their presidential ticket might be enough to get me to vote for her. I'll give her a pass for this first flub, but she is not inspiring me with confidence.

Sheesh, get me out of this country full of STUPID PEOPLE!
Now she's playing the race card?

Lady, you're asking for a whole lot of trouble. We need someone to unite us as a people, not divide us.

I'll give Clinton props for this: She's tenacious.

Maybe what she says it is true, that she's polling better among certain European-American groups, but she's veering dangerously close to "Obama can't win because he's black" territory.

Give it up Hillary. You lost. More Democrats want Obama than you.



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