Well, Gwen Stefani has had a problem with cultural appropriation for many many years, and her latest fuck up involves Native Americans. Gee, who will be next? Ugh.
Daily Compass, a Unitarian Universalist blog, has some thoughts about we go round and round in life.
One amazing lady stood in line to vote yesterday, even after her water broke and she went into labor. Republicans can try to suppress the vote but they will be met with determined voters nevertheless!
Republicans poured so much money down the drain. And speaking of that, Karl Rove had a real sad last night, and stayed in the first stage of grief, denial.
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I never ever, ever thought I’d say this, but I am a Roy Ashburn supporter in this election. As a Kern County politician, Ashburn routinely voted against GLBT rights, until that is, he was arrested for a DUI that resulted in him having to apologize…and to come out of the closet as a gay man. In the beginning, my anger was palpable. It was bad enough that he would vote to deny rights to his lesbian daughter, but to deny his own rights? Inconceivable! But that’s exactly what he did. As he explains here, he was afraid to come out of the closet, and if he supported GLBT rights he would be risking outing himself:
In the aftermath of his coming out, he decided to openly support gay rights (although he says that if GLBT issues lead to big government he will be against it…hey, at least he’s making progress). I find the interview that I just linked refreshing. But still, I don’t know if I was ready to make nice.
But, now the seat of Kern County Supervisor is being contested between Ashburn and Mick Gleason. If the company one keeps is a sign of how they will govern, then I can’t support Mick Gleason who is allied with Tea Party rifraff like Kevin McCarthy. Sooooo, come Tuesday, I will be among those who vote to give Roy Ashburn a second chance at serving Kern County. I hope he wins this election, and I hope he continues to make progress on GLBT rights (that big government comment gives me a headache).
In other local political news, I support Rudy Salas over Pedro Rios for California State Assembly. Even though I have given Rios my vote before for Delano City Council, I am far too alienated by and distrustful of the Republican Party at this point to do so again. In addition to that, Rios has demonstrated a uniquely Republican hypocrisy. The October Surprise in this race is that Rios was brought to the United States illegally as a child and benefited from Reagan’s amnesty program, but he doesn’t support the DREAM Act. Rios received his political act of mercy, and to heck with Delano youths who would be helped by the DREAM Act. That is especially gross.
And finally, I am very frustrated with John Hernandez who was been a lazy, non-existent campaigner for our Congressional seat. Karl Freaking Rove has been buying ads for Valadeo calling a Hernandez a socialist but he doesn’t even need to because I doubt Hernandez has the energy to be a socialist either. Ay yi yi, my kingdom for a decent Dem candidate!
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Here’s a quick salutation from me. I hope you have had a nice Halloween. I hope everyone who was in Sandy’s path is safe, warm, dry, and well fed.
Today is Dia de Los Muertos, and I wasn’t able to visit the cemetery today so instead while heading home on the bus from the grocery store I put my hand on my heart as I passed the part of the cemetery where my father is buried. Tonight I am simply partaking in the pan de muerto (bread of the dead, a very nice sweet bread that is a tradition) and posting messages of love and respect to the Find a Grave memorial pages of people I knew and love, as well as people I didn’t know (I just left a message for John Lennon, Mom was a big Beatles fan who raised me on the music). Next year, if I can actually afford craft supplies, I will make altars. But I’m broke this year!
I’ve had a bad and distracting toothache, but there should be posts this weekend!
Sadly, former presidential candidate and senator George McGovern passed away on Sunday. I am finally going to have to break down and finally record One Bright Shining Moment on DVR soon so that I can learn more about this legendary man. RIP Senator McGovern.
Thrinakia has a interesting post about Sofia the First, the new Latina Disney Princess. I think that Disney has walked into a potential hornet’s nest of controversy about colorism within the Latin@ community because Sofia is a güerita. What do you think?
Sunday also brought us yet another mass shooting in Wisconsin. *big sigh*
An anti-GLBT speech in Missouri turns out to have a delicious twist ending.
Have a good Monday, everyone!
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