Here are some of the quotes from the New York Times article on the topic today:
“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”
(nothing on the girl living with it)
"They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said."
“Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” said Ms. Harrison, one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record.
But this post says it so well; I think Lilith would be pleased*: the seam of skin and scales. It's from 2007.
*It's not my place to tell others what to believe/how to express their spirituality, but I delight in broadening the view. Nasty witch boy me!
Of course, it's just about as amazing to me that this resolution is something that has to be re-voted on every year.
Some days I think it might be interesting to get into politics. Others days, I can't think of anything much more insane.
Hey inflectionpoint, he mentions Rutgers!
Hey Mr. President, let's not challeng? OKthanxbye!
Patrick McCollum has been tending to the religious needs of pagans in the CA prison system; often paying for such supplies as he can get in out of his own pocket, as well as not getting paid. He's been around since the '60's, just won a pair of interfaith awards, and still teaches with great passion and sincerity. I love his workshops at Pantheacon. He is suing to get equal access (and pay) as other ministers have in the prisons. CA prisons are saying paganism is a 'second tier' religion, and so don't have the "right" to such access and payment (I kid you not).
Pagan and like-minded peeps, if you can spare a little positive energy today, please send Patrick your blessings. :-)
from The Wild Hunt (awesome pagan news and occasional music blog):
In anticipation for what will most likely be a very trying and challenging day, Circle Sanctuary and the Lady Liberty League is calling for the Pagan community to send spiritual support and blessings.
“Send Spiritual Support and Blessings of Strength, Protection, Eloquence, Wisdom, and Success to Circle Minister Patrick McCollum and his legal team in the Quest for Religious Freedom and Equal Rights as they return to federal court — the Federal Court of Appeals on Thursday, October 7, 2010.
Rev. Patrick McCollum is currently engaged in federal litigation in the US 9th Circuit (McCollum, et al. v. CDCR, et al., C 04-03339 CRB) challenging the California Department of Corrections’ “Five Faiths” policy which recognizes only five major world religions for inclusion in California’s prison chaplaincy program. This important Pagan Rights Quest has been going on for seven years and has covered by mainstream media sources as well as Pagan media. For more information and to send messages of support, please go to Circle Sanctuary’s Lady Liberty League Patrick McCollum support page. This site includes a photo of Patrick that can be used as a focus.”
This history site is pretty cool; every day there’s a new ‘icon’ (historical figure). It’s fun exploring the names; nice to see Mara Keisling right up there! She rocks. I took a workshop or two from her at a trans leadership conference a couple of years ago, and see her in the media regularly.
I think this is excellent news and worth sharing: The LDS church was found guilty on 13 counts of malfeasance around Prop 8. And were fined - the first time this has ever happened to a religious organization. Check it out.
The article also mentions how the Mormon corridor of influence extends into eastern CA. Yeah, we figured that one out.
FDA, please bring equality, sanity, and science to the blood donation process. There are a number of men who would happily donate blood, if you would let them. We need the blood!
This rant brought to you in support of a regularly scheduled blogswarm! Please make a public statement today if you want the FDA to update its rules. The issue is under consideration *right now*.
From wikipedia: Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Internet neutrality) is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed, as well as communication that is not unreasonably degraded by other traffic.
... This affects our freedom and our future. I think the petition at least shows people still care about the issue. The wheels of regulation are turning as slowly as ever. !
The Bilerico Project has put together a nice live twitter feed of LGBT people covering the CA Prop 8 CA supreme court trial. Useful at work to be able to quickly check in and see what's happening. I also think it's kinda interesting to get the tweets from different people; consistent so far.