Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Protecting Children

So as we all are aware Vermont and Iowa recently passed legislation allowing same sex marriage. I was recently listening to an interview with Maggie Gallagher who, unless I am mistaken the president for The National Organization For Marriage. The one thing that jumped out at me from her interview was the same thing that I have heard time and time again. We are doing this to protect the children. She states that through marriage children can be "know and be known by and love and be loved by their mother and father." While I agree this is one way children can know the love of family what about all those children in the world that don't have that opportunity? The children whose mothers or fathers have lost their lives fighting overseas, or the children whose other lost her life in child birth or any of the other countless reasons that children can be separated from their parents.

If I had the oppertunity to tell Maggie what I think about her protecting of children I would probably say something along the lines of:

Stop using children as your shield of morality. You raise your children to be fearful of the unknown and judgmental. I will raise mine to see the beauty and merit in all living things and even to respect the beliefs of those who oppose them. Gay and lesbian people are no more a threat to your children than you are to mine. I vow as a gay parent to teach my children about love, compassion and charity. If I am not mistaken those or the fundamental beliefs of the Christian church. It is sad that I the destroyer of families and normalcy in America is willing to teach my children these simple virtues but you, the moral back bone of society seems incapable of doing the same.

Please, as an open invitation to those who oppose sam sex marriage, do not use children against us. Say what you truly believe and be honest about it. You dislike what you don't understand. Please stop telling us that you love us and have compassion for us because that is a lie. I know that lie is a harsh word but if you truly loves and had compassion for us you would want us to have the same equality as you. Instead you prefer to judge and oppress.

Live your life in accordance to your moral compass and allow me to do the same. Even if that means the government allows the same benefits to extend to my partner and I. Heaven knows I have not tried to prevent you in your pursuit towards equality and happiness, please do not deny me mine.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Homophobia and violence in advertising

OK, First of all when I first heard about this commercial I was offended. Then I watched the commercial and laughed. So now I am kind of at odds with myself. On the one hand it is a pretty damn funny commercial and I kinda feel the same way about speed walkers... Just effing run already GEEZE. But I don't feel the need to violently assault them telling them to "Get Some Nuts". Also the line in which the oh so FABULOUSLY manly Mr. T (I mean the man has more bling than a drag queen) tells the speed walker that he is a disgrace to the man race is a bit over the top for me. I mean ok so the guy is a little femmy. SO WHAT?!?!? You aren't exactly the epitome of MANLY either T. With all your jewelry and fabulosity. Not to mention the fact that you made a name for yourself riding around having adventures with a bunch of MENSES!!!! Why is it that to be a man you have to be violent? Moreover I have seen some damn vicious and violent drag queens in my day, does that make these men is dresses even MORE manly than the A-Team? I mean they not only can impale an assailant with a stiletto but they can also endure having their man bits all squished and flattened out. NOW THAT IS TOUGH. So what is it really that makes you a man? I would love to hear thoughts.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Introducing... THE UKRAINIANS!!!!

Dude Katy Perry is awesome, but SO not as awesome as these guys!

Totally bit from Gizmodo, who scooped from Matija

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Power of Fear Driven Media

OK so today I received a text message from every girlfriend I have telling me not to go to WalMart due to a gang initiation rite where 3 women would be killed. My phone was going off every 3 or 4 minutes all morning due to the fact that I have a lot of girlfriends. It wasn't even just the girls in the city that I am living in either but EVERY girl I know. Well a few quick keystrokes on the good ole' Google showed me that this was indeed the hoax that I suspected it to be. I felt compelled to let my girls know that this hoax has indeed been around since 2005 and that they could shop at the nations largest discounter without fear.

I was surprised at the response. A lot of my girls were frustrated me for invalidating their fears telling me it was better to be safe than sorry. While I agree with that statement at what point do we not leave our houses because of a fear driven media? Moreover if it is a proven hoax that has been going around for YEARS giving no specific location time or date then why are we pandering to its terror?

Worst of all my phone and e-mail both get blown up by something that has no basis in fact but instead is perpetuated via "The Sky Is Falling" reactions when it only takes a minute to check the validity of a claim these days. Instead people would rather mass forward every plausible rumor. Ok maybe I am exaggerating and panic might not be the best explanation but even enough concern to send a mass text regarding a possible tragic event WITHOUT checking its validity is just as irresponsible and foolish. Take a minute to find out if what you are sending has a history of being a hoax and help prevent the further spread of disinformation.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Daft Dwarves

OK so I love me some Daftpunk. I mean I FUCKING LOVE DAFTPUNK!! Nothing makes me happier than DaftPunk, unless it is Daftpunk and vodka. :D ANYWAY I was cliking around the other day and found this video. Total props to Johnny Slogan and Flash Martini. I am UBER impressed. Check it out for yourself!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

For Emily and Peter with love.

So I have two school friends who introduced me to pantless living. Granted I never participated in any of the pantless activities I was still regaled with stories about the wonders of the pantless. The stories came more out of being appalled on the part of the one NOT participating though there was plenty of encouragement on the part of the participator. ANYWAY, apparently pantless living is becoming a world wide phenomenon. I found this on another blog online but due to the NSFW nature of the site I cannot share it with my friends. I figured I would repost it for my friends not working in the porn industry.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Gay is the new black


I wish I could. I wish this were just no longer an issue. I wish I could walk down the street and not see signs of the injustices and intolerances of society. Sadly we are not there yet and until we are I am not gonna stop talking about it. Recently I has a discussion with a friend of mine who just happens to be Mormon on whether or not people had the right to vote their own personal morality into law. She of course believes they do and I of course believe the opposite. Her argument is that morality is the basis on how people vote and mine is that the law need be free from the passions of morality (to loosely interpret Aristotle).

I do agree on the point that morality, in the sense that if an action is harmful to the individual, should be included in law. This is in the case of murder, rape or any other action that does not include the consent of all parties involved. Marriage however MUST include the consent of the two individuals petitioning to be joined in such a union. So please to al you conservatives out there PLEASE stop comparing your right to vote your morals to murder, rape, child molestation and all the other bullshit you keep trying to make gay marriage akin to. Believe me I understand the conundrum of gay rights vs. religion. However lets look at it from this angle. If God hates gay people as the Westboro Baptist church would like you to believe then WHY DOES HE KEEP MAKING THEM? I have a hard time believing that God, the all knowing is up there making gay people but being totally disgusted that he is doing so. If it is true that we are all children of God and he/she truly wants us to be happy then why would he deny the gay folk any of the same rights that the hetero's have? I am sorry but the God I know and love isn't at all surprised that there are gay folks running around nor is he gonna banish them to hell for being as he created them.

With that being said lets consider the Jim Crow laws for a minute. Lets for the sake of example substitute the word black for the word gay/lesbian and the word white for straight. It is oddly familiar and frighteningly telling as to where this country is heading if the religious and or homophobic folk get to keep pushing their morals on the general public.

1. A gay/lesbian could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a straight person because it implied being socially equal. Obviously, a gay/lesbian could not offer his hand or any other part of his body to a straight person, because he risked being accused of rape.

(This in effect happens everyday. I have been shaken hands with straight men but was only permitted to do so after he extended the offer. He then proceeded to sit as far away as humanly possible from me in the same room and never made eye contact... ever.)

2. Gays/Lesbians and straight people were not supposed to eat together. If they did eat together, straights were to be served first, and some sort of partition was to be placed between them.

(The benefit of being gay/lesbian is that is isn't always easy to tell. This one for now is moot however i have no doubt in my mind that if there were a way to tell we would NOT be welcome at the same table.)

3. Under no circumstance was a gay/lesbian to offer to light the cigarette of a straight person -- that gesture implied intimacy.

(Ok regardless of the smoking preferences of people. Gay and Lesbian people have to be very cautions as to what, in the name of courtesy, we do for the Straights. Mostly because all too often our gestures of etiquette are misconstrued as showing interest."

4. Gays/Lesbians were not allowed to show public affection toward one another in public, especially kissing, because it offended straights.

(This one hits a little TOO close to home for me growing up in a rural type area. This is CERTAINLY the attitude that I have grown up with and because of that am extremely cautions of my actions in public.)

5. Jim Crow etiquette prescribed that gays/lesbians were introduced to straights, never straights to gays/lesbianss. For example: "Mr. Peters (the straight person), this is Charlie (the gay/lesbian person), that I spoke to you about."

(This I have found to be common place even though it may be a subconscious thing. Additionally I have noticed that may straight people refuse to acknowledge that I have spoken unless they have spoken directly to me.)

6. Straights do not use courtesy titles of respect when referring to gays/lesbians, for example, Mr., Mrs., Miss., Sir, or Ma'am. Instead, gays/lesbians were called by their first names. Gays/Lesbians have to use courtesy titles when referring to straights, and were not allowed to call them by their first names.

(Ok so I will admit that in this case it is the fault of the gays. I cannot speak on behalf of the lesbians but I know that we gays have a tendency to throw titles around loosely. Girl is the general standard for all humans regardless of gender.)

7. If a gay/lesbian person rides in a car driven by a straight person, the gay/lesbian person sits in the back seat, or the back of a truck.

(All i can say is give it time. If things keep going as they are now it is only a matter of time.)

8. Straight motorists had the right-of-way at all intersections.

(OMG I fear for the guy in his Prius (that his wife made him buy) that comes across a pissed off Lesbian in her F-350. Note
to the dudes. Remember the law of lug nuts. )

This is not only scary but super realistic IF things keep going along the path that they have been set. My only hope at this point is that there are enough gay and gay friendly people in this world to stop this madness before we get to this point.

Don't ask don't tell at work?

Stumbled across this while surfing the other day... LOVE IT. I don't know the sexuality of this guy so I am not going to make assumptions... I will let y'all do that for yourselves.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Found this online and Laughed My Ass Off... so I thought I would share

Dear Carl,

Last weekend I was at Larry's Pistol & Pawn looking for a little something special for my wife, Renee. I came across a 100,000-volt pocket taser. Its disabling effect on an assailant was described as short-lived, with no long-term consequences, but would allow my wife--who would never consider a gun--adequate time to retreat to safety.


Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two AAA batteries and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed, but then I read (yes, I read the instructions) that if I pressed the taser against a metal surface and pushed the button at the same time, I'd see a blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs, to verify that it was working.


I have yet to explain to Renee that new burn spot on the face of her microwave.

There I was, home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right? I sat there in my recliner, reading the directions, my cat Gracie looking on intently. Trusting little soul. I got to thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh and blood moving target. I admit I thought about zapping Gracie for a fraction of a second. She is such a sweet cat, but if I was going to give this device to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So there I sat in shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and taser in another. The directions said a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant, a two-second burst would cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control, and a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. A burst longer than three seconds would be a waste of batteries.

I'm sitting there alone, with Gracie looking on, her head cocked to one side as if to say, 'Don't do it.' But I was reasoning that a one-second burst from such a tiny little thing couldn't hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one-second burst, just for the heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and...


Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up from my recliner, and body slammed us both onto the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, tingling legs, nipples on fire, and testicles nowhere to be found.

SON-OF-A... That Hurt Like HELL!

If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a taser, you should know that there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself. You will not let go of that taser until it is dislodged from your hand by your involuntary violent thrashing about on the floor.

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was relative at that point) I collected what wits I had left, sat up, and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. How did they get there? My triceps, right thigh, and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it was shot up with Novocaine. My bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. And I'm still looking for my testicles!!

I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return.

Still in shock,


Friday, February 13, 2009

Green Products

So for those of you who don't know I am a bit of a green freak. As much as my environment will allow that is. Well anyway I was reading through one of my favorite blogs,, and I came across one of the coolest new green products I have seen in a while. Check it out! 
This is super cool, A perfect gift for an upcoming birthday or earthday. Feel free to send me one!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Earth Hour

So on March 28th at 8:30pm all of us tree huggin, green folk are asking to help give our power grids a break by turning off all sources of power for just one hour. I participated in this last year with my flatmates at 560 Powell and I am planning on being a part of it again this year. So to recap March 28th 8:30pm cut it off, throw the circuit breaker if you must what ever you have to do but lets give our grids and our mama earth a break. Come on, it is only an hour, light a candle, or better yet take a candle lit bath, or a nap or whatever. Get one of those wind up flashlights if you simply CANNOT live without light for one freaking hour but I don't wanna hear any excuses for not participating. What ever it is you gotta do just do it!

For more info check out

Be a part of the solution... Spread this message, spread it like Herpes!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Fat Kid Update

Here is an update of the Fat Kid... Still working but getting closer!


So I am currently putting together a new series of graphic T's for my Cafepress website ( This is the first that will be in the FatKid series which will be Available for one month on my site... after that it will be replaced by my next series so get your goods while you can!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

More on tolerance.

Ok so I was re-reading my "in defense of the h8" blog and I realized that it wasn't super concise. More than anything it was me "verbally" vomiting my thoughts but it didn't convey the actual message that I wanted to get across. I found a fellow blogger out there in the blogosphere that has discussed the prop8 situation and while I maintain that he kept an excellent level of neutrality though as I was reading through the lines I understood him to be in support of prop8. This was slightly surprising to me considering that the entire premise of his blog was how to be both gay and Mormon or as he has dubbed it a "MoHo". I try really hard to view any issue, no matter how mundane, from as many different viewpoints as possible. I enjoy having a civil discussion with people on as many sides of whatever fence is being discussed. I find that it helps me to make the most informed and logical decision I am capable of. Ultimately the message that I started out to convey was one of tolerance and understanding. Instead I just got frustrated and puked up some of my anger towards the situation so let me try this again. If you are sick of this topic then just stop reading but until I am satisfied I will continue to discuss it.

Hate Speech:
      Both sides are guilty of this behavior. While it is true the religious have had more than a few nasty, vile and repulsive comments to make about gay folk, the gay community has also been guilty of such intolerable behaviors. Piss and vinegar does nothing but fuel the flames of intolerance. Shouting derogatory comments, posting them on your blog, even thinking them does not increase your ability to be tolerant nor does it sway more converts to your personal beliefs. It does however alienate and send the wrong message to the fence sitters and neutral parties. So enough with the hate speech. Quit accusing the other side of drinking the haterade as well. We are both guilty of it so lets knock it off and move on to more pressing issues. 

Assumptions and stereotypes:
   Mormon's don't practice polygamy any more than gays are child molesters. While in both cases there have been instances of both events, usually by someone who isn't stable to begin with, this is however NOT the norm for either party. So lets stop with the false accusations and finger pointing. We all have the occasional embarrassment in our respective groups that we would all just assume forget about so enough already. The Christian right have more than their fair share of zealots who really have sullied their reputation but lets face it guy so do the gays. Unless we have been a part of, or still hold a membership card to the group we are criticizing we have no right to assume what we have been told about said group is true. 

Stereotypes make about as much sense as one-size fits all pants. While yes the basic structure is grounded in truth. the blanket statements about any group of people is absurd and irrelevant. There are exceptions to every rule and there are even exceptions to the exceptions. Stereotypes keep us from really getting to know an individual because we will have preconceived  ideas based on who this person is without having made the effort to discover the validity of these claims. It really is a lazy and ineffective way to classify people. 

In addition, making a statement based on a stereotype clearly illustrates ones own ignorance on the subject. Anyone who has taken the time to look past a stereotype and learn the true nature of the subject will be painfully aware that you do not have a full understanding of the topic at hand.  

Standing firm in your beliefs:
OK people we are up against a rock and a hard place here. The religious right believes that
the are perfectly within their right to vote laws into effect based on their moral principles.
The gay folk believe that they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as anyone else.
These are the core beliefs on both sides of the fence and they are held to with ferocity. The issue
however is that neither side is willing to listen to and understand what the other is saying. Nor is either side willing to compromise, and why should they have to? They believe they are right.

Christians and other religious people believe that they have a full and complete understanding 
of right and wrong based on the brand of religion they choose to believe. The kicker is that they
also believe that if you do not subscribe to their belief system then you are clearly in the wrong
and should not be granted your opinion.

The GLBT/TS community believe that as active members of society, tax payers, fellow human
beings, they are entitled to the same benefits as anyone else. It makes perfect sense that a group
of individuals who play just as active a roll as everyone else in their community be allowed to 
have equal membership in the club.

The only thing we are left with is a power struggle. It is so very important to remember
that not everyone believes the same things. It is wrong and absurd to think for even one
moment that your views on the world are the same as your neighbors and therefore just as
absurd to expect someone with an opposing viewpoint to just accept your views and keep theirs
to themselves.

Don't yuck my yumm just say wow. This to me is the perfect example of how we should
live. Instead of seeing something different from YOUR norm and immediately rejecting it,
just consider it, try to understand it and if it still isn't your thing then just accept that it is
someone's. I personally don't enjoy fish, others however LOVE it. I don't tell them they are
wrong, disgusting or perverted for liking it, it just isn't my flavor. We would all do well to
remember this little saying when faced with something new.

Ultimately what I am trying to say is lets ease up on one another and start learning from one
another. We all could learn so much from one another that may even help us to see beyond
our selfish selves. So in closing Gays, lets try to understand where the religious folks are 
coming from and Christians,we should do the same. We have both been kinda mean to one 
another and it isn't accomplishing anything more than hurt feelings and verbal attacks on ones

Christians will do well to remember that the gays are not gonna take it lying down so I hope
you have prepared for a fight. Things are going to get very ugly for you but in my opinion you 
kinda jumped into this fire without considering how hot it could get.

Gays this battle is going to get ugly for you too! While I personally believe that everyone in this
country should have equal rights it isn't going to happen overnight. It can take time for people
to get used to change.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue before you take a side really consider not just your moral stance but also your reasoning behind it. If you don't want gays to marry you need to be able to justify it far beyond "cause the bible/church/prophet/pastor etc" says it is wrong. To deny a people a civil right is to say that it is harmful and dangerous and if that is the case then should anyone really be allowed to have such a right?