What’s Shakin’ – ‘Our Time in Eden’ at EVO Lounge, voter turnout still weak

Our Time in Eden

It's Ava and Eve, not Adam and Eve.

1. Say “Garden of Eden” and most people will conjure an image of a naked (white) man and woman frolicking in a surprisingly well-tended arboretum,  but the people at Ultraviolet Productions envision an Eden where the strict binary of Adam and Eve is smeared across a blazing tableau of gender, sexuality and race. “Our Time in Eden,” a variety/drag show exploring what paradise means in a world free of labels, struts the stage tonight at 8 pm at EVO Lounge, 2707 Milam.  For a $5 cover you can check out the best drag kings, queens and gender performance artists Houston has to offer.

2. Early voting in Harris County continues through Nov 3 at all early voting locations. Voter turnout continues to be low. On Tuesday, 2,599 people voted in person, versus 4,206 who voted on the second day of early voting during the last municipal election in 2009.  Overall, there’s been a 24% decrease in voter turnout from 2009.  The upshot of which is that each vote is 24% more powerful. So grab three friends and get to the polls, together the four of you almost get an extra vote.

3. Rev. Pat “God-sends-hurricanes-to-punish-gay-people” Robinson, founder of the Christian Coalition and former Republican Presidential hopeful, warned his 700 Club audience that pushing the current crop of GOP frontrunners too far to the extreme right will hurt their chances in the 2012 general election. When the man who said that the Haiti earthquake was caused because the nation made a pact with the devil thinks you’ve gotten too extreme that’s saying something!  Right Wing Watch has more.

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Untruthful? NOM? No way, not *our* NOM!

This from PolitiFact, as tipped to us by indefatigable researcher Alvin McEwen:

Bottom line: The National Organization for Marriage [Rhode Island] mailing says that Massachusetts public schools teach kindergartners about gay marriage. The wording, including the present tense verb, gives the impression this is happening Falsenow, in many schools.

But the group’s only evidence is two incidents five years ago. It’s possible that somewhere, in one of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, other kindergartners have been taught about same-sex marriage. But NOM couldn’t cite any other examples. We find its statement False.

National Organization for Marriage says Massachusetts public schools teach kindergartners about gay marriage [PolitiFact]

(via: Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)

Just a tip, PolitiFact staffers, moving forward: You’ll probably find it easier to note when you find one of its fearful marriage claims 100% factual rather than the times you find fallacy. After all, you do have to sleep.




Good As You

—  David Taffet

Cindy McCain does video opposing DADT, accuses ‘our government’ of sending signal that bullying is okay – her hubbie is the lead defender of DADT

John McCain is leading the filibuster against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” “repeal” legislation in the Senate (it’s not an actual repeal, but we’ll leave that for another time).  Today, Cindy McCain joined a number of celebrities in a video about gay youth suicide and bullying.  Mrs. McCain’s part of the video condemned DADT and then accused our government of sending bullies a message that what they do is okay.

The woman basically accused her husband of sharing the blame for gay kids killing themselves.

I’m astonished.  And impressed as hell.

CINDY MCCAIN:

Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future.

They can’t serve our country openly.

VARIETY OF SPEAKERS:

What’s worse, these laws that legislate discrimination teach bullies that what they’re doing is acceptable.

CINDY MCCAIN:

Our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens, why shouldn’t they?




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‘Our guy’ wasn’t gay marriage-loving, says this weekend’s most media-grabbing gay rights speaker

“So what was the difference between Goldwater and Reagan? Had the country changed that much in 16 years?

The social issues were the difference. Reagan agreed with Goldwater on fiscal and national defense issues, but by 2 Smallpersonimage 31980, social issues loomed large and Reagan came down mightily on one side — the opposite side as Goldwater, as it turned out.

Unlike abortion-loving Goldwater, Reagan said, “We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide.”

And unlike gay-marriage-loving Goldwater, Reagan said: “Society has always regarded marital love as a sacred expression of the bond between a man and a woman. It is the means by which families are created and society itself is extended into the future. … We will resist the efforts of some to obtain government endorsement of homosexuality.”



As long as liberals are going to keep gleefully citing Goldwater’s love of gay marriage and abortion, his contempt for Christian conservatives, and his statement that ‘every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell’s ass,’ maybe they could ease up on blaming Christian conservatives for Goldwater’s historic loss.

Goldwater wasn’t our guy; Reagan was.”

-Ann Coulter, 9/22/10

It’s just a damn shame that GOProud’s Coulter-honoring benefit has already sold out. We simply live for spending our Saturday nights with our government-endorsed homosexuality partner, listening to straight people tell us to vote against our civil rights and interests.

Who knows, maybe the GOProud event will go on so long that it will creep right into Rev. Ruben Diaz‘s Sunday church breakfast (one egg and one sausage per couple, never two of either)




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‘Our intent is to swamp them out’: The first words of one extremely biased baby

Because of the weak (and much-criticized) defense that they helped shape in the Prop 8 federal trial, the Alliance Defense Fund and its allied litigators are heavily in the news these days. But how did this conservative Christian legal organization even get its start? What helped the flawed talking points achieve liftoff? Who filled the kitty that’d go on to claw at equality’s eyes?

Well like so many conservative right side-thorns, talk radio is at root of this equality-hostile petunia:

12/12/1993, The Associated Press

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**NOTE: This is the same “Point of View” radio show that we post about from time to time. The one where co-host Penna Dexter recently blamed a slain 15-year-old gay boy for assisting in his own shooting death




Good As You

—  John Wright