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Sneaky Bastards

Posted in Legal, News, Politics and Sex, porn with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2010 by paigetsindfw

Censorship abounds! Two stories today, first from Carnal Nation, where Dr. Marty Klein reports on a law hidden deep within federal funding intended for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, aid to Haiti, massive omnibus spending in general. The second from the Huffington Post, reporting on those old rascals at Apple, who no doubt have better things to do (like fix the iPhone) than scour the ‘Net for porn to cover up like a bunch of digital Keystone Cops.

For the nearsighted, that last line is a WAKE UP CALL TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS!

“None of the funds made available in this act may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading and exchanging of pornography,” is the teeny little evil addition reported on by Dr. Klein. Not to sound flippant, but just how fucking addicted are our “leaders” to collateral damage that they have to make so sweeping and casual an assault on our freedom of expression? Don’t they send enough unmanned drones to waste anyone with the misfortune of being near a suspected terrorist?

As for Apple’s contribution to the absurd, almost fetishistic compulsion to make people safe from porn, check here for just a tiny selection of some of the apps and e-books censored or outright denied distribution, because of the terrible sin of having “gay themes” or using the word “sperm”. That’s how Moby Dick’s electronic version wound up censored, believe it or not. My favorite has to be outright banning the Kama Sutra as thoroughly “obscene”. Well excuuuuuuuse a 6000 year old culture for having spiritual expressions that are sex positive and don’t conform to some kind of Silicon Valley Calvinism.

Get laid, people. Seriously. It helps.

Deep in the heart

Posted in Crazy/Funny, Legal, Politics and Sex, porn, Sex Ed, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Chase

No need to travel to Uganda for criminalization of homosexuality. No Sir, here in Texas we have our own homegrown homohaters.

That’s right, the good ol’ Texan GOP released their most recent policy platform. Guess what? It’s anti-gay. Big suprise, I know. But year after year somehow I just have to gawk at how unflinchingly stubborn-to-the-point-of-delusion this document is. A couple highlights:

– Gay marriage? No, let’s not streamline our message to hold ground against the inevitable sea change supported by increasing majorities of Americans. Let’s not even try to push some insulting less-than-marriage compromise. Let’s just go ahead and make issuing marriage licenses to queers or performing such a ceremony a felony. Our prisons just aren’t gay enough.

– Sexually oriented businesses? Banned. Morning After Pill? Gone. Pornography? Oh you better believe that’s banned. Hand over that internet mister!

– What ever happened to that sodomy ban we use to have? We miss it.

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like a dart in the face

Posted in Activism, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Politics and Sex, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by girlonpiano

 

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system is “updating” its non-discrimination policy to create a loophole that would allow GLBT people to be fired, or not even hired to begin with, based solely on their orientation or gender identity.

The “update” was proposed by Raymond Noah at Tuesday night’s closed board meeting. Here’s what it says:

“DART is committed to hiring, promoting and retaining the best qualified persons in all positions and, EXCEPT to the extent permitted by federal and/or Texas law, DART will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.”

I added the bold and all caps to the word except, ‘cuz here’s the thing: in Texas, it is permitted to discriminate against LGBT people! So, basically, what I’m hearing is “we won’t discriminate unless we’re allowed to, and we are allowed to, so we’re gonna go ahead and do it.”

Fuck you, DART! Fix this shit NOW!

Iceland recognizes gay marriage – unanimously

Posted in Activism, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by girlonpiano

Iceland’s parliament voted 49-0 today to add “man and man” and “woman and woman” to their existing marriage laws.

The Marriage Scorecard to Date:

Netherlands (2001)
Belgium (2003)
Spain (2005)
Canada (2005)
South Africa (2006)
Israel* (2006, marriages from other countries)
Norway (2008, Civil Unions since 1993)
Sweden (2009, Registered Partnerships since 1995)
Portugal (2010)
Iceland (2010)

Elton John sings at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding?! Seriously?

Posted in Crazy/Funny, Politics and Sex, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2010 by Chase

WTF Elton? According to the Advocate, last night you serenaded Rush Limbaugh in celebration of his 4th (atleast it wasn’t his 5th… Rush Limbaugh is not 5th) wedding. Can’t you just smell the sanctity?

Were you there to help the bride cope? Do you secretly long to suck his cigar? Do you find morbid fascination in rubbing elbows with assholes like Rudy Giuliani and Karl Rove?

Elbows… assholes… wait a minute! You’re fucking a closeted republican who you will later out to the media, is that it? Is it Sean Hannity? Please tell me it’s Sean Hannity…

No? Then please help me understand this Elton. I’m at a loss.

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A Matter of Time

Posted in Activism, Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Politics and Sex, Videos with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by Chase

Amidst all the convoluted details and disappointments, the optimist in me says “when” is better than “if”

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How Could You Hate This Face?

Posted in Politics and Sex, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 20, 2010 by paigetsindfw

I mean seriously, how? I could understand wanting to assault it with kisses. I could understand wanting to force chocolates or diamond studded tiaras. But hate?

Actually, it turns out to be easier than you might think to hate Miss Michigan, now Miss USA and contender for Miss Universe, Rima Fakih. All you have to be is on the extreme right wing (of the “Real America”, mind you, not the extreme right of the Muslim diaspora. They hate her too probably, but for different reasons), a paranoid delusional, and someone who makes pissing on the accomplishments of others a hobby.

From AlterNet comes this story of how miss Fakih, a Lebanese American, now has to contend with probably the first original criticism of beauty pageant winners in years, unless you count that Carrie Prejean nonsense. Sure, she’s under fire for the same old things: being a “poor role model” for having participated in an amateur pole dancing contest , participating in a beauty contest at all since they’re so fundamentally oppressive (google that one your damn self, because the attacks are LEGION), so on, all the usual suspects.

But you saw this coming didn’t you? Miss Fakih, proud of her win (rightly), and eager to use her newfound prominence to advocate for peace between cultures, to stand as a bridge linking East and West… now has to contend with maniacs trying to accuse her of actually being part of a Hezbollah plot to undermine America.

I’m so lucky I’m ugly as sin. Think what you want about pageants, strippers, or so on, but it’s this kind of WTF that almost makes me wish the right wing’s paranoid fantasies were right about just one thing: The detention camps set up just to reeducate them. In my version though, I’d be happy to just cede them Utah, build a nice fence (they make good neighbors, remember), and let ’em sort it out. Any tries to hop over that fence though, my monkeys are trained to fling poo at them.