emmagrant01: (Obama)

I've been nauseated for weeks, terrified for this day. I was so, so afraid that Romney would win and my country would be set back 40 years. My relief and elation tonight -- it's hard to describe. I burst into tears, I really did. Women's reproductive rights are likely to be upheld. Marriage equality is going to keep moving forward. Conservative Christians have yet again been thwarted from imposing their agenda on everyone else.

Anyone remember this graphic from four years ago?

In other news, I really like the new style of the friends page. I know, unpopular opinion. But seriously, my perfect fandom social network would be a blend of LJ and Tumblr, so this works for me. :-)


Mar. 21st, 2010 10:01 pm
emmagrant01: (Default)
Don't let that door hit your ass on the way out of the country, Rush.

*does a little dance*
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
I don't know how many of you have already done this, but the website Change.org has been holding a "Ideas for Change in America" competition since election day, and the final round of voting just started today. The top ten vote-getting ideas will be presented to the Obama administration a few days before the inauguration, and the top idea at the moment is to pass a Marriage Equality Rights Act to ensure that all people have the right to marry, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, etc.

You have to register with the site to vote, but please go do so! There are lots of other interesting ideas there, and you can vote for ten in all. I'm pretty sure you don't have to be an American to participate. We can help make this idea something that will be put on the President's desk!
emmagrant01: (HRC)
It was awesome! There were 3000 people there at City Hall, and it was such an amazing feeling to be in that crowd. And it wasn't just gay folk, either -- lots of straight families were there, many of whom said they wanted their children to see the fight for civil rights in action. Cars were driving by and honking like crazy, with people hanging out the windows and shouting their support. There wasn't a single protester that I saw.

I left feeling very positive about the future. I really, truly believe it's only a matter of time before we have marriage equality. It may not come as soon as we want, but it's coming. We just have to keep fighting.

Pictures beneath the cut )

Something really cool happened to me on the way home. BG fell asleep in the car and I decided to go through a Chick-Fila drivethrough to get a sandwich. When I was in line, I saw the woman in the huge SUV in front of me looking at me in her rear view mirror. I still had my HRC hat on, and she had an HRC sticker on the back of her car, so I thought maybe she was just looking at my hat. When I got up to the window to pay, the cashier told me that woman had paid for my food! I was stunned! The only thing I could think of was that it was the HRC hat. Isn't that amazing? :-D
emmagrant01: (Cho knows Harry's gay)

It's a powerful image, right? Especially for Americans of a certain generation. But is it a fair one? Are these two movements, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s which fundamentally changed US society, and the current gay marriage/rights movement really analogous? I've heard compelling arguments both ways, and I'm not sure what to think.

[Poll #1294352]

Yes, I'm making you pick a side, but remember that you can change your vote if your position is swayed later on. Please comment with your reasons!

Anon comments are screened, but I will unscreen them if they contribute positively to the discussion.
emmagrant01: (gay marriage)
This is happening everywhere, Saturday November 15, at 10:30am PST, a massive nationwide simultaneous protest of anti-marriage amendments! To find the meeting point near you, go HERE. Pass it on!

I will be there in Austin with my son, in his rainbow-colored babylegs. Who wants to march with me?
emmagrant01: (Obama)
I was relieved to wake up this morning, turn on the news, and see that not only did I not dream the results of last night's election, but that unlike in 2000, they hadn't changed overnight. It's funny how I didn't think a lot about the meaning of electing a black president until just the last day or so. I didn't think much about Obama being black. He was a Democrat, and the candidate whose views were closest to my own, and so I supported him. But stepping back and thinking about it, I can't help but be overwhelmed with emotion.

I grew up in North Carolina, a place where schools and other public places were legally desegregated just a few years before I was born. My father played football on his high school's first integrated football team, and my mom was a cheerleader on the school's first integrated cheerleading squad. My parents raised me to look past skin color, despite the fact that my grandparents were (and still are) openly racist.

I don't yet know how my father voted. He is an evangelical Christian, and so I suspect he may have voted for McCain. My mother is a committed Republican, but was leaning toward Obama until Palin joined McCain's ticket. (She adores Palin, for reasons that baffle me.) My aunt updated her FB status last night with a statement about what a "horrible mistake" America had just made.

But my sister, a registered Republican, voted for Obama. My cousin, who was very active in his College Republicans group and is now a grad student, voted for Obama. And though it's still very close, it looks like North Carolina just might turn blue. Jesse Helms' senate seat went to a Democrat last night! This is in a state where racist campaign commercials were aired as recently as 1990.

If even North Carolina can change, I have hope for my country. So much hope!


Nov. 4th, 2008 10:01 pm
emmagrant01: (Obama)

CNN is calling it. *cries*

Artist: Patrick Moberg

Look at that. I mean really, look. Amazing!

Edit: McCain is being very gracious! Unlike certain members of my family...

Edit at 11:00: What a beautiful First Family! I'm crying all over again!


Nov. 4th, 2008 07:57 pm
emmagrant01: (Obama)
Travis County, the county in Texas I live in, is going 66% to 33% for Obama, with a little over 55% of the votes counted (those are all the early votes). At the moment, the state overall is 51% to 48% for McCain (again those are the early votes), which isn't bad considering that it's Texas.

The state will go to McCain in the end, but the greater Austin area is blue, baby, BLUE!!! XD

Check it out! )

Edit: DH and I are watching the results come in, and we're laughing, grinning, and generally having a great time. It hasn't felt like this since 1996. Doooodz...

OMG, Ohio! Holy shit! Okay, srsly: this is a hell of a lot more fun than the last time we did this.

Edit at 9:20: Texas called for McCain, which was not a surprise.

Edit at 9:30: Aw, remember this? :-D

Edit at 10:00: CNN calls Virginia for Obama. This is really happening, isn't it?
emmagrant01: (Default)
I voted 10 days ago, and so for me this has been over for a long time. Like many of you, I bounce back and forth between being hopeful and terrified. I can't imagine Obama could actually lose at this point, but still... we Dems have managed to fuck it up royally the last two times.

I was just looking at my election posts from 2004, here, here, and here. I really, really want to feel differently this time!

Either way, I think things are going to change tomorrow.
emmagrant01: (obama (community oganizer))
In case you haven't seen this, please check it out. And PLEASE pass it on to everyone you know.

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce — on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate — that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present and future daughters. To date, she is against a woman's right to choose, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she repeatedly brought up the question of banning books), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we've so demonstrably benefited from.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.

Therefore, we invite you to reply here with a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in this country, do not support this candidate as second-in-command for our nation.

Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of residence.

We will post your responses on a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin," which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please send us your reply at your earliest convenience-the greater the volume of responses we receive, the stronger our message will be.

Thank you for your time and action.



Quinn L. and Lyra K.
New York, NY

Women Against Sarah Palin

In a little over a week, they got a huge response:

On Wednesday, September 3, we sent out an email to 40 friends and colleagues asking them to respond to Sarah Palin's candidacy as Vice President of the United States. They forwarded the letter to their friends across America. To date, we have received more than 100,000 responses from women of all ages and backgrounds. Below are their voices.

Go add yours, if you're so inclined.
emmagrant01: (Default)
As seen on several places on my flist, it's apparently an arrestable offense to even be thinking about protesting the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. I won't bother to express my disgust at that, because I know I'm preaching to the choir here.

But there is something that's been bothering me today. You know what always annoys me about anti-abortion folk? They seem to think that being pro-choice means one supports having abortions at every possible opportunity. You know, for fun.

And so today I've heard these clips of delegates over and over, talking about how wonderful it is that Sarah Palin elected to have her 5th child, "even though" he had Down's Syndrome. And how wonderful it is that her 17-year-old pregnant teenage daughter will be having (and keeping) her baby. The clear implication in all of these comments is that these are the morally superior choices, and that only a "pro-life" person would make them. Clearly a godless, feminist liberal like me would choose to have an abortion under those circumstances.

And that utterly, completely misses the point of being pro-choice. Being pro-choice means recognizing that the only person who should make such a decision is the pregnant woman herself. It's none of my business what she chooses, and it's certainly not my place to judge her for her choice. I trust that women are capable of deciding for themselves under what circumstances to give birth to a baby.

Because let me tell you, pregnancy is not all sunshine and puppy dogs. Everybody knows that, but seriously -- being pregnant almost killed me. I mean that literally; I came very close to dying and am still here today by only a stroke of luck. That experience only reinforced my conviction that no woman should be forced to go through a pregnancy she doesn't want, even though the majority of cases turn out fine.

So yay for Sarah Palin and her baby. She made her choice, and I totally respect that. As an aside, initial tests during my pregnancy indicated my son had an increased chance of having DS, and I would not have terminated if it had been confirmed. But I recognize that others might make a different decision based on their life circumstances, and I respect that. Because I'm pro-choice.

And assuming she actually got to make her own choice and wasn't bullied into it because of her mother's political career, yay for Palin's pregnant teenage daughter. I'm sure she'll love that baby and not have any regrets.

But Ms. Palin, isn't it painfully clear to you now that abstinence-only sex "education" doesn't work? I'm just sayin'.
emmagrant01: (asshat)
This is too ridiculous to be true, but it happened in Oklahoma -- so all bets are off.

Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart is taking heat for an anti-gay comic book.

It's so stupid that it's sort of funny. And not only does he misspell "pedophile", he doesn't care that he can't spell it. Which explains a lot.
emmagrant01: (WTF?)
Okay, seriously, WTF??? Is Elizabeth Dole really this stupid? Is she really this cruel?

A plan by Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) to rename the current AIDS relief bill after the late conservative Jesse Helms has caused an uproar.

Among those offended by Dole's proposition are Tom Viola, the Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Philip S. Birsh, the President and Publisher of Playbill, who also serves as the BC/EFA Treasurer.

Helms was a long-time opponent to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and research. In fact, the blog Joe.My.God has recalled many of Helms' AIDS-related comments:

• Jesse Helms, the man who in 1987 described AIDS prevention literature as "so obscene, so revolting, I may throw up."

• Jesse Helms, the man who in 1988 vigorously opposed the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS research bill, saying, "There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy."

• Jesse Helms, the man who in 1995 said (in opposition to refunding the Ryan White Act) that the government should spend less on people with AIDS because they got sick due to their "deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct."

And she wants to name the bill after him, really? This is so disgusting, I have no words.

Article here.

Update: Okay, the date of the press release from Equity Fights AIDS must have been screwed up, because the bill was just passed last Thursday, WITHOUT Dole's proposed amendment to change the name. So, crisis averted. But still? Not cool, Lizzie. So not cool.
emmagrant01: (Bush/monkey)
So, as promised and expected, Bush today vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have provided health care for 10 million poor and currently uninsured American children. A USA Today poll cited in that article found that 72% of Americans were in favor of the measure.

Jon Stewart, as usual, offers some insight into why Bush thinks providing health care for kids is a bad thing:

In short, Bush thinks it's too expensive and a step toward socialism, which is apparently as Bad as Terrorism. This from the man who spends $200 million a day1 to fund the war in Iraq, which the vast majority of Americans oppose2. The bill would have cost $35 billion over 5 years, which is currently what is spent in Iraq in 3 months. It's clear where Mr. Bush's priorities are.

Shame on you, Mr. President. Shame.

So now what? Well, the Democrats seethed in response (video on CNN's page). It looks like there may be enough votes in both houses for an override, as long as the Republicans don't chicken out. Rallies are already being planned across the country. And I can't wait to hear what the presidential candidates have to say. Oh, and I am TiVoing Jon Stewart and Colbert tonight, dude.


Sep. 12th, 2007 08:30 pm
emmagrant01: (embarrassed)
This clip has been floating around for a while, but it cracks me up every time I see it. This is Larry Craig (the anti-gay Idaho Republican Senator who recently plead guilty to soliciting sex from another man in an airport bathroom) talking about Bill Clinton in a really interesting way.

I don't know whether to enjoy laughing at the stupid hypocrite or to feel sorry for him for hating himself so much.
emmagrant01: (liberal)
Hey you Americans, Planned Parenthood is running a campaign to test pharmacies to see if they'll let women buy emergency contraception (EC), which is available over-the-counter. As you probably know, some pharmacies refuse to carry EC because they think it's a form of abortion -- which it isn't (proving how little these asshats know about human reproduction and when embryos implant in the uterus), but even if it were, abortion is still legal.

If you volunteer to help out, they'll give you specific instructions to follow and you will pick a pharmacy (or several, if you want) in your area to test. You'll basically go to the pharmacy and try to buy emergency contraception (EC), then report how it went back to PP. If you have any trouble, PP is going to take action to pressure that pharmacy to make EC available. They're targeting stores like Wal-Mart that have been problematic in the past. (Note that you don't actually have to purchase EC, which is kind of expensive -- the goal is to see if you could buy it.)

To sign up, go HERE. I'm signed up to test four pharmacies at Wal-Marts and Targets close to my house. Come join the fun!
emmagrant01: (pissed off)
Texas state representative Warren Chisum is at it again. From Equality Texas's web site:

As the new chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, State Representative Warren Chisum (R – Pampa) laid the groundwork for creating a "preference system" for foster care placement. Chisum stated he "favors tweaking state law to give heterosexuals preferred status as foster parents over gay parents." [...] He believes that a foster child’s welfare is better served by placement with a married husband and wife over any other parental structure.

Despite the fact that there is no evidence that this is true. And this isn't just about gay parents -- it would also affect single parents and unmarried straight couples who foster children. The idea that one's sexual orientation and marital status would be the first thing the state would consider when placing a foster child with a family is beyond ridiculous. In Texas, there are many kinds of families that welcome foster children into their homes. To claim that one kind of family is better than another on the sole basis of one's religious beliefs, ignoring all research to the contrary, is not only stupid -- it puts children at real risk.

Shame on you, Representative Chisum. You'll be getting a letter from me.
emmagrant01: (liberal)
[9:00 pm] WTF Arizona? You passed an amendment making English the official language? *shakes old home state by the shoulders* So far, no incumbent Democrats in the House have lost, and the Dems have picked up a few seats. Three Dem Senate seats picked up so far, out of at least six needed. Ack, Orin Hatch is re-elected. But mwahaha, Rick Santorum is out!!!

[9:40 pm] Lieberman's victory as an independent says a lot, I think. He couldn't have won without Republicans defecting, and he won without the liberal end of the Democratic party, which implies that voters are shifting back to the center, IMO. CNN says the Dems need 3 more seats to control the Senate and 11 9 more seats to control the House. I want a female Speaker! Lots of Democratic governors, wow. Come on Webb in VA!

[9:55] Shuler wins a house seat in NC for the Dems -- but he's incredibly conservative for a Democrat. When it comes to the 3Gs, he's practically a Republican. It disturbs me that the Democrats have had to shift so much to the center to be electable. It's been coming, I know, and it's how the Republicans have been winning in the last decade. I know I'm way to the left of 99% of Americans, and that someone who agrees with me is pretty much unelectable. Still, it's nice to have the party I consider most reasonable doing so well tonight. And w00t, Foley's seat goes to the Dems!

[10:07 pm] Apparently MSNBC is calling the House for the Democrats. CNN still says there's one seat to go. And CNN has just said the House has gone to the Democrats!! And wow, we have our first female Speaker ever! OMG!!! And wow, my old district in Arizona went Democratic! That seat used to be Jim Kolbe's, one of the only openly gay Republicans in the House. And apparently he refused to endorse the Republican candidate, LOL. He was one of the only Republicans I ever voted for. Well, him and John McCain. :-)

[12:15 am] House is firmly Democratic. Senate is currently 49 R to 48 D, with 3 hotly contested seats to go. We may not know how those will go for quite a while. Most of the races in Texas went to the Republicans, but my Democratic state representative won by a huge margin, which is so awesome! And wow, Arizona defeated the gay marriage ban! Good for you!!!

So I realize these results aren't so much a vote for the Democrats as it was a vote against Bush and the Republicans. And now it will be time for the Democrats to step up and get something done. And I have to admit I'm looking forward to hearing what Bush has to say. Anyone else remember Dana Carvey's skit on SNL back in 1990, as Bush Sr after the midterms, where this same thing basically happened? "Message received: you're pissed!"
emmagrant01: (Default)

If you voted today (or absentee or early), feel free to take the code in the box below and post this in your own journal.

I love Election Day, really. It's exciting to go and stand in line and be part of the whole event, and then to curl up on the couch and watch the results come in that night. Of course, it's more fun if things turn out your way. I have hope today. :-)

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