alteregoliz: (purple door)
“Incensed by the release of a postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, the American Family Association is urging its members not only to avoid purchasing the stamp…but to refuse to accept or open any letter or package postmarked with one.”

From a post by the AFA:

1. Refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by your local post office. Instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag.
    2. Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp. Simply write “Return to Sender" on the envelope and tell your postman you won't accept it.

In response, a friend has suggested this: "I want to mail all of these people an envelope that looks like it has a check in it with a Harvey Milk stamp, and when they open it, it says 'A donation has been made to the Matthew Shepard Foundation on your behalf. MADE YOU LOOK!!!'”

So, if you’d like to join in...

Buy your Harvey Milk stamps here.

Donate to the Milk Foundation and/or the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Print a copy of your receipt(s) and add a note along the lines of 'A donation has been made to the Matthew Shepard Foundation on your behalf. MADE YOU LOOK!!!'

Put it in an envelope with the notation "DONATION" on the outside and use your Harvey Milk stamp to mail it to:

American Family Association
P O Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803

Enjoy!  :D

NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with any of the aforementioned organizations and they are not involved in this campaign in any way.
alteregoliz: (animal portrait)
From a column written by EJ Dionne Jr at the Washington Post: Unearned Blessings

"The rule is: Make no gratuitous enemies," he said. "The key word is 'gratuitous'."

If you stand for something, you will always make enemies. That is part of the price of being principled. What you should avoid are entirely unnecessary fights that advance no cause but create bitter feelings. I’ll always think of it as a singularly important piece of political wisdom.

alteregoliz: (lazy cat)

This was recently forwarded to me from a long time friend and current Romney supporter. Since it is clearly written to show how Romney contrasts Obama, let’s examine it from that perspective:

(My comments shown in italics.)


"A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being 'likable' or that he doesn't 'relate well' to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain this 'unlikablility'."

Top Ten Reasons to Dislike Mitt Romney )
alteregoliz: (antique serious)
I remember having a conversation many years ago with a coworker/friend about the difference between Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice. She had declared to me that she was Pro-Life "because that was the choice she had made" - yes, she really said it just like that. She had been faced with an unwanted pregnancy when she had her first child and she had decided against abortion. I explained to her that that didn't necessarily make her Pro-Life. She looked genuinely puzzled, so I explained that it was perfectly possible to be personally against abortion and still Pro-Choice, that being Pro-Choice was not about promoting abortion, that it was about allowing each woman the freedom and opportunity to make that choice for herself. And as my mother later said, "How would she have felt if she hadn't been allowed to make the choice for herself?"

I have known a few friends who have had abortions. All of them (with the exception of the one who was raped in broad daylight in a college parking lot) were very conflicted about their difficult decision. All of those women, including the rape victim, are now amazing moms. One is still with and married to the college boyfriend who was with her to make their decision together.

I have never been faced with an unplanned pregnancy myself, but I have had a couple of scares in my lifetime where I thought I might be and I knew I wasn't ready. I have also been in a situation where I was nearly raped and it gave me a chance for more in-depth consideration of what I would do if I ever became pregnant by a rapist. I have some inkling of how tough that decision is in any circumstances.

I haven't publicly discussed this before so it may come as quite a surprise to many who know me: at some point in my mid-20's I came to the conclusion that I oppose abortion. I concluded that, whether or not I believe a fetus is a person, I believe a fetus is at least the potential for new life and it should be treated with the same high regard. I would like to believe I would have been able to live up to that belief if I were ever faced with making such a difficult decision, but to be realistic I must admit that I don't really know what I would have done if it had ever been a reality.

At no time did I ever imagine that it was my place to expect someone else to live by my belief system. With my realization of my personal belief, I found that I was even more committed to the Pro-Choice cause.

I have a number of family members who believe themselves to be Pro-Life. I understand their personal position, but I would ask, "Do you really believe it's your place to make that decision for someone else?"

Food for thought.

edited 09/30/2012 3:11pm

alteregoliz: (candle)
I have been adding my voice to the millions online that are angry about the absurdly extremist positions the GOP leadership has been taking during this election year. I have given money when I could to support those groups that fight for those who are under attack. I have been watching for my opportunity to take action.

This has not been easy. I have many obligations that keep me busy and there are so very many issues that deserve effort, I honestly don't know which way to turn. One thing I am sure of is that an opportunity will come my way soon. With the attacks coming from every direction, it's bound to happen. And I am watching for it. I have a feeling I am not the only one.

If you feel the way I do, then join me, watch and be ready. When your chance comes, grab it, pounce on it, do it.

This from my Dad today... )
alteregoliz: (Default)
Originally posted by [ profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

alteregoliz: (serious)

And take your party back?

I grew up in a Red State.  The Great State of Wyoming.  Small towns never suited me personally and those are the only kind Wyoming has.  Also, I love the ocean and always knew I needed to live near the sea.  As a result I always knew I'd be leaving Wyoming some day, but I still love it.  Wyomingites have to be a special kind of "tough" and there's no other place like it in the world.

While living in Wyoming I had my issues with the politics.  I did grow up in the only Blue county in the entire state.  Yes, there really is one.  But even there being "Blue" was more about labor issues than social ones.  Still, I was glad to be in the county that was more likely to support women's rights than any other.

What I do know about my Republican friends and family:  they are intellectuals (yes, even the rednecks), they are not homophobes, they don't really care who marries who, they aren't pro-lifers, they are supportive of women's rights.  They truly care about this country.  They believe in small government on all fronts.  You know, old school, sensible Republicans.

I love the Alan Simpson rants you can find on the web these days.  Now there's an old school Wyoming Republican.  Whether or not you agree with what he says, he does care about what happens to this country and he's not afraid to say what he really thinks.  Admittedly not the best speaker ever, but at least he's willing to call his own party on it's bullshit.

What I really find appalling about the Republicans these days are the front-running women in the current and last election.  Palin and Bachmann.  Are you f*#king kidding me?!  There have to be a super-ton of intelligent, capable, awesome Republican women leaders out there.  It's impossible that there aren't.  And *this* is what you give us?

Seriously. WTF?!

What's the deal?  Do the smart Republican women not want to put themselves out there in a political climate that demands they denigrate womens' rights and abandon all intelligent discourse in order to get elected?  Well ... I can't say I blame them.  Is it a pipe dream to hope that someone with some common sense and a true love for the wellbeing of all our citizens takes the Republican lead soon?

C'mon folks, please?  Pretty please with red sugar sprinkles on top?
alteregoliz: (lips)
LESS than five days left.  Woooooohoooooo!

I gotta work during the inauguration (yeah, like we won't be glued to internet coverage) but will be partying SOMEWHERE Tuesday night.

So excited, so excited!!!


Dec. 16th, 2008 10:39 pm
alteregoliz: (lazy cat)

Old Shoes Update
alteregoliz: (antique 3)

 I have a great friend in Arizona who is a VERY active Republican.  A few weeks ago he gave me hope when he said he was having a hard time talking himself into voting for McCain.  I have the following from him today:

"I wanted to congratulate you and your candidate on the election last evening. It's truly the beginning of a wonderful new era now that a black man has been elected president. I am actually very excited about the future."

My response:

"Thanks very much.  That's very gracious of you and I'm glad to hear you are excited about the future.  Obviously I am as well.  I thought McCain's speech last night was very well done - one of his best.  I'm sure he'll continue to be an effective member of our Congress."

I almost still can't believe it.  I went to a great house party last night.  Afterward, I soooo wanted to join the folks on
Capitol Hill

, but I was responsible  :o(  and went to bed instead.  Something tells me the parties will continue...

another great story link
alteregoliz: (antique 3)

The back woods colony that won it's independence from the most powerful empire in the world.  The one that continued to choose to move in the direction of progress: ending slavery, granting the vote and equal rights to all citizens, sacrificing to protect ourselves and others, creating a place where ideas/advances could flourish.  That America.  WE LIVE THERE STILL!  Absolutely, heart-wrenchingly AMAZING!

We chose the candidate that rejected hateful and divisive politics.  We chose the candidate that did NOT have people chanting death threats and spewing hatred from his rallies.  We chose the candidate who made HOPE his message, who seeks to inspire us to be better and to work together.  That's who we picked.  Damn we're good.

There's a monumental amout of work to be done and still much that is wrong with every party in this nation.  But tonight is worth celebrating.  Tonight at least, we are an America our forefathers would be proud of.
alteregoliz: (purple door)

08:37 AM PST on Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"The Secretary of State's Office is pleased with this decision, and wishes hyper-caffeinated Washington voters a double-tall Happy Election Day."

Remember:  Vote Early & Often!  :-D
alteregoliz: (purple/green dragon)
"At the end of the day, campaigns are campaigns. In the last five days, it always comes down to a knife fight in a telephone booth."

a Democratic political consultant


Oct. 2nd, 2008 02:08 pm
alteregoliz: (purple door)
I had been thinking about watching the debate at a coffee shop on Beacon Hill, but I found this one on Capitol Hill at the Faire Gallery Cafe.  (Artists for Obama)
alteregoliz: (purple door)
Yep.  Into politics full-tilt this election.  Posting in case anyone is interested in joining me...

Haven't decided yet if I'm going to this or to Campaign HQ on Mercer Street:
VP Debate Watch on Beacon Hill, Thursday, Oct 2, 6:00 PM
Coffee House Event

Obamarama @ Capitol Hill (Fundraising), Friday, Oct 3, 8:00 PM
Three apts hosting w/mixed drinks, starting at Palin's Purgatory.
Get your party started for a small donation.

Go-Bama @ Beacon Pub (Fundraising), Sunday, Oct 5, 8:00 PM
Live music!

Seattle for Obama (Fundraising), Tuesday, Oct 7, 6:00 PM
House Party


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