Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2 Recent Gay Teen Suicides raise disturbing questions

An 18 year old Rutgers student jumps off the George Washington Bridge after being "outed" as gay by a roommate. A 13 year old California boy hangs himself from a tree after being bullied for being gay. These events of the past week make one wonder if gay teens really are any safer than they were in other decades, despite charges of the "gay agenda" taking over our schools.

Gay Teen: Gay Teen Dies After Being Taunted Because Of His Sexual Orientation - ktla.com

Suicide Follows a Secret Webcast - WSJ.com

Suicide Follows a Secret Webcast - WSJ.com

Asst. Attorney General Harasses Gay College Student ‘In His Off Hours’

by DAVID BADASH ;  the new civil rights movement 
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Alleged Privacy Invasion Outrage Leads to Gay Student Suicide

Gay City News > Alleged Privacy Invasion Outrage Leads to Gay Student Suicide

Another Christine O'Donnell embellishment: She misleadingly claims she studied at Oxford

The Plum Line - Another Christine O'Donnell embellishment: She misleadingly claims she studied at Oxford

The Conservative Gay Agenda

Liz Glover: Jimmy LaSalvia and the Conservative Gay Agenda

Bishop Eddie Long: Alleged Victim Speaks Out - ABC News

Bishop Eddie Long: Alleged Victim Speaks Out - ABC News

Sunday, September 19, 2010

This week in crazy: Dinesh D'Souza - This Week in Crazy - Salon.com

Dinesh D'SouzaImage by tswartz via FlickrThis week in crazy: Dinesh D'Souza - This Week in Crazy - Salon.com


. . . Still, it's jarring to see D'Souza making the latest attack. His bookThe Roots of Obama's Rage, is a mess. His most memorable previous books were messes, too. Every time he publishes a new mess, it gets the full Pastor Jones treatment in the respectable press. That's had basically no effect on his ability to get published or his ability to get onto the stage at conservative conferences. But it is good for liberals. D'Souza was the first modern conservative author to discover—the hard way—that if you want to be a pundit, there is no downside to making a reprehensible argument. The downside comes for the people who may agree with your politics but not your argument.  Salon
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The Eternal Recurrence of the Same: Nietzsche's Burden

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There will never be another thinker like Nietzsche;  placed as he was on the border of an old world closing, and a new world being born.
 He was alone and had arrived a bit too early on the stage of history.   His eternal recurrence theory was the natural outcome of his questioning of Christianity.   It has been assumed that Nietzsche was a sort of rebel,  but I have always viewed him as a strange breed of religious man,  with the religious burden which he carried making him one,  paradoxically,  with a certain breed of Saint.
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Religious leader hospitalized for mental evaluation after sect members found at Calif. park - chicagotribune.com

Religious leader hospitalized for mental evaluation after sect members found at Calif. park - chicagotribune.com

Bill Maher digs up O'Donnell 'witchcraft' clip - Yahoo! News

Bill Maher digs up O'Donnell 'witchcraft' clip - Yahoo! News

AFP: Suicide bid feared as US police search for missing group

AFP: Suicide bid feared as US police search for missing group

Journalist gives his support to Rhonda Mangus

NYC: New York Supreme Court, Appellate DivisionImage by wallyg via Flickrhttp://tonawanda-news.com/opinion/x204466254/LEFFLER-Parades-primaries-and-some-support 
  A seasoned journalist who has worked for major papers and radio networks has given his support to Rhonda Mangus in an editorial which appears in the Tonawanda News. (see link).
  Mangus is the New York Mom of a gay teen son who has been battling the high courts of New York State for the past 5 years.
  Kudos to Scott Leffler for his fine character and professionalism!
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Did the New York Senate Shake Up Help Gay Marriage? / Queerty

Did the New York Senate Shake Up Help Gay Marriage? / Queertypedro-espada-jr89
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Appeasing China on Currency Will Doom Our Economy | OurFuture.org

Appeasing China on Currency Will Doom Our Economy | OurFuture.org

Daniel June: Essay Exploring the Idea of Group Intelligence


The Family as Organism 
Like all groups, the family is an organism, with a consciousness of its own independent of its members. Unlike other groups, the strength of the family unit is based on many primal mammalian instincts, and unlike other groups, the family is a small unit, when compared to the corporation, the asylum, the state, or the race.
            The family, as a world within the world, must abbreviate. Each member must stand for fifty different roles. In a large factory, a worker can be reduced to a bicep, or a knuckle, stands for a bit of automation that machines aren’t flexible enough to cover. In the same way, the worker, the businessman, the cashier, is an epithet – happy Ruth, spunky Janet, silly Jim, angry John – a sort of mask with a little wiggle room to be “in a mood today” to do the rude but somewhat forgivable act of “bringing his problems to work” and being sad when he’s supposed to be happy. The professional demeanor is to express the moods necessary to optimize the job. The man becomes a function.
            Home life is different. Since the family is made of a tight band of intimates, the many aspects of the personality are appreciated, and cannot be avoided. As intimacy is conversation in presence, the family stands for an intimate unit, and it is the unit that allows the greatest amount of affection.
            The married couple, the dynamo of the family, whose love and lovemaking not only celebrate the essential expression of life, but also generate further life, are the center of the family. They are the trope fountain for the family, they name each other, they name their children, they choose the home, they are the basis of family, and so erotic love is the basis of the strongest type of group known to man.
Duty is a word groups impose on individuals. It is the binding of Eros. The family unit becomes the unfreedom of the members – love is slavery. Only for love and love’s duties – the dried and hardened edges of love – keep parents living in one house, working and raising children, which without love would be an impossibly difficult job, but with love, hushes the lips from complaint. A duty without love is impossible. And so the upkeep of the house, the taxes, all these things, are for love – ultimately, for erotic love, which is the basis of all other loves between people.
            The house is the body of the family organism, and pulses with the movement of its spirit, the family. The communication of the family members is the thinking of the family. Even if the members experience one definite thing apiece when they talk, the Family as individual experiences another between them, and thinks between all of them as one contained mind. The peculiarity of the family is to have a mind amidst so few parts.
            The emotional energy of the individuals, as well as the emotional energy of the Family organism, are a doubling upon the same matter, but for different uses. The emotions of each member of the family feel different to the full unit who feels all of them in a different context.
            Most large groups have the freedom and obligation to exclude certain members. Perhaps the individual leaves on his own, of his own free will, but the group itself excluded him, though no member felt so. The dynamics of personalities place us in our own place, and this by Unit fiat, though we feel ourselves jostled by that one guy we don’t get along with, or are uncomfortable with a certain arbitrary policy. The inevitable politics of all groups isn’t just the selfish manipulations of the members, but the thinking of the unit as a whole.
            A family can’t exclude members in this manner, and so the pull of influence is much stronger. All the threads of violence and sex that tie all of society together, in subtle euphemized registers, in the family are loud and transparent. The stakes are higher. A family is more to its members than is a society.
            Every emotion seeks to be enacted. But since most actions require coordination, we must speak them to others. Words are to put our desires into others, but also to put our desires into circulation so that they can come back when the action is ready to be performed. The needs realize themselves as images charged with desire. Initially the desire is very strong, but thinking crystallizes this desire into more images, and speaking furthers the job by making them into words. As thoughts are the relationships between various emotions, words are the relationships between the thoughts of people, the thoughts of the greater unit. The movement of information is itself an emotion.
            The needs of each individual are felt as intense emotions, when they are not regulated. But when the are sent out into complete circuits, that come back with the gratifying object, then the person is happy and fulfilled. All the desires, all the emotions, all the personas of a man require their circuit. Many of the desires of a man require friendships and relationships, not only for love, but to extend the individual into the body of the other, so that he can be a second self to the first. Like the system of veins and arteries in the body of the person, words, gestures, and activities are the circuits for the heart of the individual who uses the group as his full body, and again, for every other individual for the group, and finally, for the group as a Unit itself.
            Each of the needs, and the emotions they create, must find the circuit of fulfillment. The immediate circuit is in the fantasy of the completed need, but this develops finally into the plan of the need, and ultimately into the words and actions of the person. Once those actions become habitual, the circuit goes on indefinitely.
            Every person we meet opens up a chamber of our own soul. And yet some unconsciously draw near because they are the needed person for us to befriend. The first friend we make determines what sort of friend we will seek next, to double him or balance him, to oppose him, to stretch you in other directions. Some relationships are imposed, in that you have joined a group and must cope with the array of its current members. Where such impositions stretch you too much, you must compensate through other friendships, or through isolation, or through some activity which releases you from it.
            The family is more intense, for there is less space to distance yourself from others. When parents or siblings make absolute demands upon you, the only way you can hold on to inner integrity, without declaring war, is to fold your mind like an origami.
            Thus the grown child’s freely chosen spouse is a reaction to years of intimacy with his parents. At least in part. Perhaps his second girlfriend has all the virtues the first girlfriend so dearly lacked. Or perhaps his group of friends pressed in too much on him and he needed a woman of this sort. Most of these maneuverings are unknown to him, but they are felt to the group body as a whole. To him, it’s love at first sight, he’s just happy with this girl, its mysterious. The fine poetry he composes to measure and meter her graces are part of a large set of parameters between group dynamics. The overwhelming aesthetic sense his soul feels in their love is part of an interplay of forces that the group unit feels as its good digestion.
            And so moods travel through a family. The sadness of the daughter is felt as the sadness in the mother. The family feels as one, and even when it feels separately, this separateness is felt too. I can’t fully be happy knowing my brother resents that happiness. As always the emotions are layered, co-occurring, and interlaced with a complex logic. To the group unit, they are all its own feelings, and the antagonism are rather anxieties and tensions within the organism.
            As the body of the family is the house, and its organs the possessions, and its nerves the words between the members, its emotions are in the movement of the family members in relation to each other.


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Harry Reid Sabotages DADT Repeal By Slipping DREAM ACT InTO Defense Bill

Wake up America: Harry Reid Sabotages DADT Repeal By Slipping DREAM ACT InTO Defense Bill

Nabokov's Lolita

I had never read Nabokov's great epic work,  Lolita,  for some reason.  I do not know why it had escaped me,  as I did see both films (1962 with James Mason and Sue Lyon,  and 1997 with Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain.

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Paladino steamrolls to stunning upset - City & Region - The Buffalo News

Paladino steamrolls to stunning upset - City & Region - The Buffalo News

Bill Brady, Mark Kirk Predicted Wins Alarm Illinois Gay Leaders | On Top Magazine :: Gay & Lesbian News, Entertainment, Commentary & Travel

Bill Brady, Mark Kirk Predicted Wins Alarm Illinois Gay Leaders | On Top Magazine :: Gay & Lesbian News, Entertainment, Commentary & Travel

Tea party victory endangers GOP’s goal of retaking the Senate | The Upshot Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News

Tea party victory endangers GOP’s goal of retaking the Senate | The Upshot Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News
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The Associated Press: Dems thrilled as tea party win stuns Delaware GOP

Flag of DelawareImage via WikipediaThe Associated Press: Dems thrilled as tea party win stuns Delaware GOP
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Anthony Peake and Forum member EDG on Soup Media Network- great stuff!!!

tony 12 sept2010 on Soup Media Network - live streaming video powered by Livestream
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New N.Y. Pro-Gay Marriage Ads Target Voters :: EDGE Boston

New N.Y. Pro-Gay Marriage Ads Target Voters :: EDGE Boston

Lincoln Mitchell: Apres L'election

Lincoln Mitchell: Apres L'election

Congressional campaign manager's anti-gay Tweets (ChicagoPride.com : Indianapolis, Ind. News)

Rainbow flag flapping in the wind with blue sk...Image via WikipediaCongressional campaign manager's anti-gay Tweets (ChicagoPride.com : Indianapolis, Ind. News)
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

ABC News: Focus on the Family Accuses Gay Rights Groups of Hidden Agenda

DSCN1401Image by bilericoproject via Flickr"Focus on the Family has accused gay-rights groups of using tolerance and anti-bullying programs to introduce curricula and books into schools that promote political aims such as same-sex marriage. The same groups, it says, lobby for gays and other minority groups to be specifically mentioned in anti-bullying legislation and try to depict Christians opposed to such treatment as bigots."  ABC News 
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GLAAD Calls OUT 50 Cent for Gay ‘Joke’ | Gay News from Gay Agenda - GayAgenda.com

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation LogoImage via WikipediaGLAAD Calls OUT 50 Cent for Gay ‘Joke’ | Gay News from Gay Agenda - GayAgenda.com
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9/11 anniversary arrives to tensions over Qur'an threat and mosque | World news | guardian.co.uk

9/11 anniversary arrives to tensions over Qur'an threat and mosque | World news | guardian.co.uk

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sore Losers! Family Research Council Furious Over DADT Ruling | The New Civil Rights Movement

Sore Losers! Family Research Council Furious Over DADT Ruling | The New Civil Rights MovementPost image for Sore Losers! Family Research Council Furious Over DADT Ruling
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Ode to Anthony Peake's Daemon: September's Windfall, 2007

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Anthony Peake
British Binary Mind theorist Anthony Peake,  as a young man.  
The human will, that force unseen, The offspring of a deathless soul,Can hew a wall to any goal, Through walls of granite intervene. 
-- James Allen





Thy Daemon;
that thy spirit which keeps thee
is noble, courageous, high, unmatchable.
Ceasare's is not.


And the Daemon replied, "I am Memory, and am wise in lore of the past, but I too am old. These beings were like the waters of the river Than, not to be understood. Their deeds I recall not, for they were but of the moment. Their aspect I recall dimly, it was like to that of the little apes in the trees. Their name I recall clearly, for it rhymed with that of the river. These beings of yesterday were called Man."~ HP Lovecraft 



People were emailing me when Vanilla Sky came out and saying, “My God, have you seen this film? It’s your book!” ~  British author,  Anthony Peake,  2007




Anthony Peake today:  Some things just get better and better:  On air,  on one of his numerous radio spots








One of the most important ideas which I found on this day in 2007,  was Anthony Peake's concept of the "Daemon",  as depicted in his first work, Is There Life After Death?:  The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die   (Chartwell Books,  2006,  and originally entitled, "Cheating the Ferryman").  


I actually encountered his theory via an essay entitled, "Cheating the Ferryman:  A New Paradigm of Existence?",  published in the Journal of Near Death Studies.  


 A mixture of Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence theory and quantum physics and psychology,  this idea came to me at a time when I was deeply grieving the loss of my husband.   


Peake's fascinating theory fuses metaphysical and empirical theory into a heady brew about the individual, and what his secret second self,  residing within his consciousness,  can do for him in life, and at the moment of death.


  I salute Anthony Peake.  To learn more about Peake and his theories,  visit his website and forum.   Peake has signed contracts with publishers for third, fourth,  and fifth (as distinguished editor)  books.  One of them is with the illustrious Arcturus Publishing, Inc.,  and will be entitled Time, Dreams,  and Precognition.  Bravo to him!
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Quran Burning CANCELED: Dove World Outreach's Terry Jones Drops Offending 'Stunt'

Quran Burning CANCELED: Dove World Outreach's Terry Jones Drops Offending 'Stunt'

Bob Burnett: Calling Obama the Fighter

Bob Burnett: Calling Obama the Fighter

Thursday, September 9, 2010

U.S. soldiers accused of blowing up Afghan civilians, collecting fingers as trophies face charges - Seattle headlines | Examiner.com

U.S. soldiers accused of blowing up Afghan civilians, collecting fingers as trophies face charges - Seattle headlines | Examiner.com

Lazarus Rising: Is The Religious Right Ready To Be ‘Born Again’ In The 2010 Elections? | Americans United

Lazarus Rising: Is The Religious Right Ready To Be ‘Born Again’ In The 2010 Elections? | Americans United

The American Spectator : The Founding Fathers' First Amendment

The American Spectator : The Founding Fathers' First AmendmentThe Founding Fathers' First Amendment
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Obama says Quran burning is 'recruitment bonanza' for al Qaeda - CNN.com

Obama says Quran burning is 'recruitment bonanza' for al Qaeda - CNN.com

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