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What the gun nuts could learn from the queers (and I use both of those terms affectionately)

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, especially since the open-carry advocates in Wisconsin (whom I support, just FYI) have been working harder at spreading the message that openly carrying firearms is legal here. There was that case in West Allis within the past year that was sort of their “Stonewall moment,” and this week was the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, so no better time to write than now.

On my mind

It’s been a while, a long while, since I’ve posted here. Not because I don’t have opinions, mind you. There were holidays and busy times and rehearsals for the show I’m in (Secrets of a Soccer Mom at the Boulevard Theatre through March 29), but let me try to catch you’n’s up on some big gay issues.

WI could use some California style

June in Wisconsin was a momentous month of 100-year floods, dammed lakes disappearing, and devastation to corn, cherry, and many other crops.

June in California was joyous for same-sex couples, who for the past two weeks have been able to be legally married.

Why am I linking these events? How does $680 million sound?

That’s the estimated amount of money that California can be expected to rake in within the next 3 years if their law permitting gay marriage withstands a referendum challenge in November. That much (or more, since estimates are usually conservative) in wedding-related revenue from licenses, hotels, venues, caterers, florists, clothiers, hairdressers, photographers, musicians, and general tourism is expected to give a nice boost to California’s limp economy.

A Thanksgiving message

I heard this today in a WUWM compilation of snippets from Thanksgiving-themed services of various faiths and denominations. Having been raised by pretty devout Catholics and attending the required weekly mass plus extraneous holy days, I was pretty glad Thanksgiving wasn’t one of them. Although it more or less started out as a feast of “Thank God we’re not dead” and therefore has a somewhat religious origin, we don’t really celebrate it as a religious holiday the way we do Christmas and Easter, which is kind of strange considering the latter two originated in pagan traditions.

Great need, foreign and domestic

Two sobering statistics were released this week. One is that in Iraq, an estimated 2.3 million people have been displaced by the war and occupation. The other is that here at home, over one-quarter of homeless persons are military veterans.

Woo-hoo!

Happy Anniversary to Pugs and Beth!

Eight years? Heck, you're just getting started!

[Note: This last sentence appears because the blog gods are telling me this entry has to be at least 25 words.]

The wage—and revenue--of sin (taxes)

I could title this “From the folks who brought you alcohol prohibition….” That is, your guvvmint.

Friday’s (Sept. 7) Wall Street Journal had an interesting editorial regarding municipal and state taxes on cigarettes. Those that have them already, and base their budgets partly on that revenue, are seeing income that falls short of the budget projections. People aren’t polluting their lungs enough, and thus whatever programs for which the government uses the money go underfunded.

The word is not the thing?

A follow up to my “Bueller?” post:

Last night six of the Democratic presidential candidates participated in a forum hosted by the glbt advocacy group The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and each had 15 minutes to field questions on issues important to the glbt community. Obama was up first, and the very first question was the one I posed in my post: Why should the church have any say in what constitutes legal marriage?

HA!

This story posted on cnn.com ought to get some people thinking:

“LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A judge has ordered a man to continue paying alimony to his ex-wife -- even though she's in a registered domestic partnership with another woman and even uses the other woman's last name.

Anybody? Bueller?

CNN.com has a special section posted (www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/lgbt.america/) that covers issues pertaining to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people. The comments emailed in from around the country make interesting reading and show a wide variety of opinions. And, because certain politicos and their puppetmaster religious leaders have made gay marriage an issue in the past 2 major elections, the section also has a rundown of where the major presidential candidates stand. That's interesting too, but a bit predictable. Only the true longshots—oh, let's face it, calling them longshots is generous—support full gay marriage. The rest are "civil union" fence-riders or against it.

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