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And down goes HERO

glbtqiHate to say it trans folks, but this is largely our own fault. Only 26% of the electorate turned out to vote in this referendum. That in itself is appalling. Although HRC and some other trans friendly groups were active primarily in placing ads and holding rallies, how many trans folks actually turned out to man the phone banks, go door-to-door, and/or volunteer to drive friendly voters to the polls or to register to vote? Not very many, I’d wager. We cannot outspend the conservative right with their extremely wealthy donors and the tele–evangelists who are primarily intent on fear mongering, which they did very successfully in Houston. And we trans people have garbled our message and sound all too like greedy children who demand what we want because, well, because we demand it.

A wise friend once told me, confused people always say no. And I think our accelerating push of the now many flavors of unconstrained gender identity selection and gender expression does not help clarify the issue. (I will shortly publish a post expanding on this thought here.)

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Hoist with his own petard

marijuana-300x297I have been amused by the situation the republican “leadership” finds themselves in with respect to the recent move by Washington D.C. to legalize recreational personal use of marijuana. Now, please do not misunderstand me; I have no strong feelings about this specific issue, probably because I have no personal interest in using pot (though I do have strong feelings about the devastating impacts of long prison terms for those caught with pot while we look the other way at financial criminals who raped the economy and destroyed so many lives). As you may know, last November the voters of D.C. overwhelmingly (70+% voted for the measure) voted to allow limited possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 or older. It is important to know that the new law is carefully structured so as to not violate any federal laws currently on the books. But you might guess the reaction from the conservative right: they are outraged. And they are stumbling over themselves trying to get on camera blasting the decision by DC, threatening dire consequences if DC’s mayor tries to implement the new law without their approval. “We would encourage the Congress to not be so concerned with overturning what 7-in-10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia,” Mayor Bowser responded at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Doesn’t this sound just a bit like the rhetoric used by Judge Roy Moore and his ilk when threatening to “nullify” federal laws giving same sex couples the right to marry?   (more…)

Multi-tasking or Polymathing?

For many years, my matrimonial partner told me too many times that men could not multi-task the way women do with ease. Over the years, I zeroed in on studies that debunked the whole idea of multi-tasking.  (e.g. http://alturl.com/g8n43 from NPR in 2008)

Now I come across an interesting article about something called “polymathing.”  Worth reading: http://bigthink.com/praxis/how-to-be-a-polymath .This quote sums it up for me: “Adding new activities to my plate—not just any activities, but stuff I really enjoyed doing and had some affinity for—seems to have given me a new source of energy, and sometimes when I’m exhausted I’m also, strangely, exhilarated.”

Go be a Polymath!

What would our Founders Think?

I try to avoid getting too involved with political going’s on, but the current debacle playing out in Washington D.C. just can’t be avoided. I ran into this article on a new website I am beginning to follow and thought it worth sharing. Sort of sums up my feelings about a certain bunch of politicians trying to take claim for what our founding forefathers would do. http://bigthink.com/praxis/what-james-madison-would-say-to-john-boehner

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