The hand of God… 15 November 2008Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco, Sex / Reproductive Health, WAR!.
Flamingos are seen at a pond at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore Picture [REUTERS via Daily Telegraph]
It’s not a cliche… no hand of god nor pagan procession of evolution that made the flamingo – those traveling necks, more articulated than tubular, the mind blowing color drawn from their diet, heads that can rest on the extravagant, trailing, bouffant plumage.. no, no god who made these would stand in the way of gay marriage.
Today is a first, very real test of how fast a movement can grow making use of the internet. From the night of the 4th to the 15th… Not the internet alone, but that confluence of a peak moment of frustration, a newly determined and exposed opposition – and, I am guessing here, equal parts frustration with leadership.. and a tool at hand. Protests in as many as 300 cities today, across the country.
All of this bumptiousness has roused the ire of the known authoritarians, Pat Boone (Pat Boone?) for one (his italics):
I’ll tell you what kind of twisted freaks – furious homosexual activists. Almost immediately after Proposition 8 won decisively in our California election, as its functional equivalent, Proposition 22, had previously, the street demonstrations began.
How dare the voters defy the wishes of this sexually defined group? How dare the people of California require that marriage continue to be defined in such narrow terms, just one man, one woman? We’ll show ’em … We’ll take to the streets! And that’s what they did, in jarring numbers.
They’d learned that Catholic and Mormon church members and others across the state had donated personally to an organized campaign to defend the humanly essential institution of marriage. And the activists were livid.
…here is the clue… “in jarring numbers”. Easier for them if inconvenient people stay out of sight, in the box, the closet or, best yet, the coffin.
Stay out there, is all I can say. Let it grow.
Former Governor Wilson called the protests tantrums… with an unpleasant smile on his face. Well of course, because gays, minorities, women and, above all, children, are irresponsible, non-entities, or, if expressing christian charity, not-quite-acceptable entities… Natch. Keep the US caste system going!
Chuck Colson, who served time for transgressions (oh they were crimes, when we still called that stuff criminal) under Watergate, shook with righteous fury:
This view reflects the biblical and natural law understanding that marriage is a two-in-one-flesh communion of persons. This communion is consummated by sexual acts that are reproductive in nature. They unite the spouses as a single procreative unit—an organic unity achieved even by infertile couples. Only a mated pair can be a complete organism capable of human procreation.
Since homosexual acts have no relationship to procreation and cannot unite persons organically, these acts cannot be marital—which means relationships integrated around them cannot be marriages.
The mighty have spoken. All the protesters can do is stay out there, be relentless. It pisses the rulers off.
Related, this gave me a huge horse laugh last night when I stumbled upon it. The Googliooglies are part of the incoming rulers – none other than Valerie Jarrett referred to the coming rule of Obama, whoopsie dear… try to keep that sentiment under those blankies embroidered with “Change” and “Hope”. However, they sound very much like the LAST administration:
A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions. The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at http://www.charterforcompassion.org springs from a “wish” granted this year to religious scholar Karen Armstrong at a premier Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California.
“Tedizens” include Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin along with other Internet icons as well as celebrities such as Forest Whittaker and Cameron Diaz.
Wishes granted at TED envision ways to better the world and come with a promise that Tedizens will lend their clout and capabilities to making them come true.
Armstrong’s wish is to combine universal principles of respect and compassion into a charter based on a “golden rule” she believes is at the core of every major religion.
The Golden Rule essentially calls on people to do unto others as they would have done unto them.
“The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony,” Armstrong said.
“If we do not achieve this, it seems unlikely that we will have a viable world to hand on to the next generation.”
Charter for Compassion invites people from “all faiths, nationalities, languages and backgrounds” to help draft statements of principles and actions that should be taken.
Golden Rule (there is that word again!) at the core of every major religion? Drafting Charters for Compassion? What are these people? Hop heads? Blissed out Dirty Hippies? Left over Bushians from Year One of That Rule? They sound CONFUSED and clearly smoking something USDA Choice. These are people with too much time on their hands. And no fucking clue. Too busy snitching to the government via TECHNOLOGY. Now over laced with RELIGION.
Save us from this.
In a similar vein, glad Naomi is saying it… but unfortunately we just have to grit our teeth and live thru it…
[Y]es, there is only one president at a time, but that president needed the support of powerful Democrats – including Obama – to get the bail-out passed. Now that it is clear the Bush administration is violating the terms to which both parties agreed, the Democrats have not just the right, but a grave responsibility, to intervene forcefully.
I suspect the real reason the Democrats are failing to act has less to do with presidential protocol than with fear: fear that the stockmarket, which has the temperament of an over-indulged two-year-old, will throw one of its world-shaking tantrums. Disclosing the truth about who is receiving federal loans, we are told, could cause the market to bet against those banks. Question the legality of equity deals, and the same thing will happen. Challenge the $140bn tax giveaway and mergers could fail.
More than that, the Democrats, including Obama, appear to believe that the need to soothe the market should govern all key economic decisions in the transition period. Which is why, just days after a euphoric victory for “change,” the mantra abruptly shifted to “smooth transition” and “continuity.” ::snip::
Just don’t fall over in a heap when they call for a Charter for Compassion with the previous admin. Even as they congeal.
Martin’s Burning House…
Sayre fire rages in Sylmar: A firefighter is surrounded by embers at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar November 15, 2008 [Brian Vander Brug/ Los Angeles Times]
I missed the spread of fires, in Los Angeles and in Orange County, last night… our heat wave surged and I drifted off with loads of instrumental jazz playing… mugs of hot smokey tea and buttered muffins thru the night… This passage caught my eye as metaphor:
A Los Angeles County fire official said most of the property losses were in that area, which is near Olive View Hospital. Firefighters there waged a dramatic battle to protect the hospital in the early-morning hours as patients were taken to upper floors to escape smoke pouring into the lower floors.
At 1:30 a.m. the blaze surrounded Olive View, where 200 patients were sheltered in place with hospital staff as a phalanx of firefighters fought back flames.
Soon, both the hospital’s power and backup generators had failed. Hallways were pitch dark and smelled heavily of smoke as staff attended to patients, using flashlights to work. A handful of the most critically ill patients were kept alive with hand-powered ventilators.
Eventually emergency room staff wheeled a swaddled infant on a gurney into an ambulance amid smoke and embers as trees, brush and grass burned about 100 yards away. Six adults and four other infants, all in need of respirators, were also rushed out in ambulances.
“We have no power, and our generators are not working,” said hospital spokeswoman Carla Nino just after 2 a.m. “With no power, we have no fans. . . . We are not circulating any air.”
Backup power was restored at Olive View shortly before 4 a.m. Officials said they were deciding whether to evacuate the remaining patients after power lines were destroyed in the fire. The most critically ill patients had been moved to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Other patients were removed from the first and second floors of Olive View to escape smoke in the building.
Sounds a little like America and the juncture she is at right now… in the hospital the power, and thus the lights, came back on.
In the Sayre Sylmar fire the other end of the financial spectrum got hit, a mobile home park with hundreds of trailer homes was wiped out, to the ground. So severe, it may out rank the 1961 Bel Air fire which claimed just under 500 homes and structures. The mobile home park, with mostly elderly residents, is a little different from Rob Lowe’s tale of his next-door neighbors in Montecito who were trapped behind their own gate, unable to get out (RL and his sons donned their Clark Kent outfits and took care of it). An electronic gate, I imagine.
A lone car travels south on the I-5 after the interstate was shut down because of the fire that has ravaged Sylmar overnight and into the day November 15, 2008 [Jay L Clendenin Los Angeles Times]
The 3 pm update reports spreading winds and spreading fires, especially in OC… it can’t spread to the mobile home park, having eaten it alive already.
UPDATE, 5:26 pm Saturday
It’s not fair to laugh (and it sounds as tho people died in the mobile home park), but I did at this… sometimes you just cannot keep up with events:
The speed of the fire caught some, including Mike Goff, off guard.
Goff said his wife called him about 9 a.m. and said there was a fire in an aqueduct about a mile from their Golden Ridge home in Corona. The 50-year-old and his son went outside to water their home and noticed that a palm tree in front of the house was ablaze. When Goff climbed a 10-foot ladder to try to extinguish the burning tree, he noticed his next-door neighbor’s house was on fire.
“I didn’t even know their house was on fire,” he said.