Entries Tagged as 'Politics'

The Continuing Education of Cash Money: What the hell ARE “Family Values” anyway?

MINNESOTA FAMILY COUNCIL – During every presidential election and certainly during Maine’s recent go round with Teh Gheys and Teh Rights, there is a phrase that gets thrown around: “Family Values.”

It seems that all politicians are fer it. I can’t ever remember anyone coming out and claiming to be ag’innit nor have I seen any documentation in the news of people who have been outed as ag’innit on the covert-like.

That said, I have no idea what Family Values are or aren’t.  And more importantly, if got ‘em I do or got ‘em I don’t.  Bruce, perhaps you can explain my problem better than I:

Preeeeeeeeeeeeecisely.

So, to make sure I don’t botch up a future presidential run any more than I already have *cough*fuelingchildsoldierwithmeth*cough* let’s you and me try to find out what these Family Values are together… like we used to… like a family.

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Graph Alert: The New York Times actually comes up with a decent infographic?!

Surprisingly, yes!

Better yet, not even one that relates to Apple market share, rates of alcoholism in West Virginia, or Glenn Beck (*ahem* Pig-fucker conservative commentator).

This is one I’d love to embed (with due accreditation, of course) but sadly, NYT after all. Nevertheless, hit the link below for a decent look at the calculated average unemployment rate for a variety of demographics over the last twelve months (as of Sept). Change a few of the criteria around,  and a couple quick comparisons will reveal rather distinctly  exactly how far this country still needs to go in the areas of gender and racial equality. I suppose the one bright spot to a few of these numbers is the long term value that higher education can provide, despite its increasing cost and therefore declining availability. Moral of the story: get in school now, before you have to mortgage your first-born, your cat, and a kidney or two just for a little job security. There’s an Economy on, after all.

NYT graph of 12 month unemployment

Racist or not, you don’t have the right. apparenlty.

My look back on a recent dialogue:  Yeah, well, we wont get past this until people start to realize that things can not remain as they were.  Otherwise, how would we progress and adapt to the world. What irritates me is that the people who voted against Same-Sex Marriage don’t think they are being racist.  They are.  They do not want all people to have the same rights because that person lives their life differently than they.  They are trying to use the scare-tactic of “it will be taught in schools.”  Umm, what?  Marriage is not currently and has never been taught in schools.  You don’t even have to tell them they are being racist, they will bring it up to defend themselves as a prequal to the topic.  That is when I start to chuckle.

When you ask them why they don’t want same-sex marriage they get defensive and say, “oh, I don’t have a problem with gay people and who they choose to be with, I just don’t want them to use the term marriage.  They can have a civil-union or whatever but don’t call it a marriage.”  Then when you ask why that is, they say “because that is between a woman and a man.”  And when I ask why that can’t change they say “it’s always been that way and that’s how God intended it. ”  Then I say “so, you didn’t always have the same rights you have now did you?  And I bet you sure do like having them, don’t you?”

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Are you a No or Yes?

No on 1 or Yes on 1?  Protect Maine Equality or Stand for Marriage Maine?  Same-sex marriage or traditional marriage?  Respectively.  November 3rd will be a big day for many in Maine, either way this goes…

This is the best question and statements surrounding this topic I have seen:

Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?  

The repeal effort has been led by the Roman Catholic Diocese. Bishop Richard Malone called same-sex marriage a dangerous sociological experiment.  The fact that gay couples have existed for generations, many of them raising children, counters this argument. Worse, however, is the church’s attempt to force its views on all Maine’s residents, whether they are Catholic or not. 

It is only natural that changing the definition of something as fundamental as marriage makes some uncomfortable. However, marriage has changed over time, interracial marriages were once banned, and men were allowed to have many wives, without harming heterosexual marriages. In a country where the divorce rate is too high and too many children grow up in dysfunctional and abusive families, encouraging more adults to commit to long-term, loving relationships is a positive, not a negative.

It is hard to see how allowing more people to marry will weaken marriage. Instead, it seems the strong desire of gay and lesbian couples to be married, rather than declared domestic partners, shows the value and importance of marriage.  - Snip its from an article in the Bangor Daily News, 10/17/09

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MARRIAGE AFFORDS unparalleled rights and benefits to people who commit to long-term relationships. All people, regardless of sexual orientation, should have an equal right to marry under the law. -Boston Globe, 10/25/09

 
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We Now Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Broadcast: Pop!Tech ’09

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If you’re not familiar with it, Pop!Tech is a yearly conference based in our very own Camden, Maine. It’s not a ‘Con, or and Event, but rather lives at a multidisciplinary corner somewhere North of Technology and East of Culture. Topics cover everything from the impact of technology on the arts, to the development and promotion of human culture, to recent developments in online security, to ideas around education reform. But what unites them all is a focus on thinking of the larger picture that any discipline can influence, and this year’s topic is billed as reimagining America. The design is to create a true synergistic environment to discuss art, culture, technology, and ideally motivate social change. The conference, which has been running for upwards of a decade,  is on through tomorrow. It’s gotten a bit pricey over the years, but luckily it’s also being streamed live as it happens, so hit the embed below. Any fan of big ideas will get a thrill out of this one, and after the jump are a few samples from previous years. Enjoy!

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