Normally, I'd highlight the sources of things I'm going to rant about, but in the case of a couple of them, I'm suspending that policy. Not that I don't want to share the blog traffic love and all, but just because I want my rants to be a little limited in scope. Sort of like when you bitch to just one or two friends or a sibling about something rather than the whole group of friends or the entire family. Know what I mean?
Cases in point: Sunday, I'm enjoying a leisurely afternoon and I read about a fellow blogger in far-off Utah who is family (i.e. GLBTIQ and/or GLBTIQ-friendly, for those who don't know what I mean when I say "they're family".) Said blogger wrote about "being friended" by a colleague who has a Facebook or MySpace page or some social networking something or other. Apparently, the friending colleague is putting together a phone bank at his house in Salt Lake to call voters in California and persuade them to vote for Proposition 8.
Don't know what that is? It's a proposition on the ballot this November in California that, if it passes, will constitutionalize the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. In other words, it will legalize discrimination against those who wish to marry who don't fit the one man/one woman bill. Obviously, this upset my fellow blogger for reasons that hit close to home and said blogger then wondered whether to give this friended colleague a piece of her mind or just let it go. Given that such laws would actually affect said blogger if she ever wishes to marry her eventual life partner, it's a legitimate question.
What is my point in all this? My point is, I'm getting old, cranky, and tired of this kind of bullshit from other people. "Other people" being people like the friended colleague who feel they have to protect an institution from another group of people when the original group of people are doing a shitty job protecting the self-same institution. Too vague for you? Let me be direct. What do heterosexuals have to protect when more the 50% of straight marriages end in divorce?
My recommendation to the fellow blogger: unfriend your colleague and when he asks why, tell the numbskull, "I may have to work with bigots, but I don't have to be friends with them."
/rant number one
Here's my second rant: Seems a buppie (that's a black, urban yuppie, by the way) in the area is lamenting the sad, sad fact that s/he may be reduced to wearing an outfit twice because the recession is finally taking its toll. I'm not even going to go into all the whys and wherefores this narcissistic self-pitying totally raises my hackles, sets my teeth on edge, and just generally pisses me off.
Instead, I left this comment on their blog:
I wish I felt sorry for your current cost-cutting state of affairs. Having to pinch pennies is never fun, but the reality is, it's what the majority of us have been and should have been doing for the last eight years or more. If the current administration has taught us nothing, it's that you can't spend without having an equal or greater amount in the bank/stock options/savings/the cookie jar to match or offset spending. We are reaping the rewards of our insatiable need to spend, spend, spend for tomorrow we die and who gives a fuck. (And sadly, those of us who do give a fuck are paying for those who don't.)/rant number two
I hope your situation, and the rest of the country's, improves soon. Until then, there are worse things than having to wear the same outfit twice: Death comes to mind.
My third rant comes from my photography blog and an anonymous commentor. Those who have read my blog(s) know, I dislike anonymous commentors, particularly when they post snarky, inappropriate, or belligerent comments. As long as you own your comment (and you'll notice I have a few anonymous commentors, but they sign a name or nom de plume at the end of their comments), I'm totally open to whatever it is you have to say. I don't mind being called on my crap, but if you're going to call me out, have the balls/ovaries to own it. Drive-by comments don't fly with me.
I've digressed. Here's the picture I posted.
According to the anonymous commentor, I'm "low" and "violated [this guy's] right to privacy" by taking and posting his picture. As I said earlier, I have no problem with you calling me low, but don't do it anonymously. Very, very uncool. And you will suffer my wrath and a follow-up post.
/rant number three
Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to discuss McCain-Palin, but honestly, that freak show has me so puzzled. I don't even know where to begin.
I guess I won't. I'll just reiterate that Wednesday, October 1 is Volunteer for Obama Day here at Tewkesbury Place. As I said before, please join me or make a contribution if you can. The circus has to end. Or, to quote Obama, we can be the change we've been waiting for.
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