I recently read Al Gore’s new book The Assault on Reason. Throughout this book I saw a lot of what I yearn for in a leader. The pages paint a dark picture, but also offer hope and course for the future. Gore does more than just point out failures in today’s democratic process. He goes further to compare and contrast today’s abuses with historical references. He then offers well thought out solutions to democracy’s ailments. Each point made is artfully connected back to Gore’s definition of democracy, freedom, and the American way.
One thing I liked was Gore’s frequent referencing of the Founding Fathers, political philosophers, Federalist Papers, etc. This helped ground his statements in an over-arching, historical patriotism. It also inspired me in ways that many political books don’t. I felt educated and compelled to help make a difference. Continue reading →
I saw this YouTube link on Towleroad’s Guide to the Tube. I really dig the song and the music video. The lyrics tell the story of unrequited gay love for a boy named Jesse. It makes me happy to see more gay musicians creating quality music and videos.
Also, Ivri Lider is a hottie Israeli singer. This video makes Ivri my new crush of the week…
Tree sent me the most awesome techie news today. Google Maps now lets you click and drag the suggested route, and recalculates the new directions in real time. Try it. Just click anywhere on the blue line and redraw your route. So freaking awesome!!
The other day Ann Coulter was a guest on Hardball with Chris Matthews. During the live show, Elizabeth Edwards called in. (You may know her better as the gay marriage supporting wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.) Elizabeth Edwards took Ann Coulter to task for lowering the level of political discourse to personal attacks. Then, Edwards politely asked Coulter to end the personal attacks. A few things that I love in this interchange: Ann Coulter loses her shit and gets flustered, Chris Matthews pressures Ann to respond to the substance of the request, and Elizabeth Edwards inspires an ovation from the live audience. This clip is most definitely worth a quick watch!
Lene sent me this article. It’s funny because it’s true: Gays and Lesbians are more energetic! One addition I would offer to this article is that gays and lesbians have more energy and more money because they don’t have kids (or as Lene refers to them: “little black holes”).
Scott over at Tiburos convinced me to download the Safari 3 Beta version this weekend. So far so good. I like that they’ve finally included the inline search function. (Yeah yeah, I know Firefox has had that for years!) The one thing that doesn’t seem to work very well is the WordPress WYSIWYG interface in Safari. I got so frustrated last night that I eventually just turned off the WordPress WYSIWYG feature altogether. (Just for curiosity’s sake, I checked Firefox and it worked perfectly with the WordPress WYSIWYG.) I’m sticking with Safari for better or worse though, at least for the time being.
I was watching Apple’s new iPhone Guided Tour today. I just kept giggling and saying “no way!” There are some amazing features that blew me away. I was wowed by the integration of SMS, email, and phone. So seamless. And, the Accelerometer rocks my world. I was reminded of the MadTV sketch where Steve Jobs is presenting the iPhone’s features and the audience screams, “”You have to stop Steve Jobs. It is too much…!” That’s definitely how I felt while watching the guided tour. OMFG.
This was the first year in over five years that I participated in San Francisco’s Gay Pride festivities. Highlights included meeting and hanging out with a bunch of my roommates’ friends Saturday night at the Pink Party. (Memory test: Tobias, Johnny, John Paul, Socrates, Daniel, Jasmine, Branch, Scott, Robert, JS and of course roomies Migs and Apollo!)
The parade on Sunday was different than I remembered it. Migs and I both noted that there seemed to be far fewer floats with dancing half-naked boys on them. Later that evening, my roomie Bekah said that the city has made an effort to focus more on the political and activist side of the parade. Which makes sense — the Pride festival this year was entitled: Pride not Prejudice. Continue reading →
Feminist scholar Jo Freeman wrote an essay called The Tyranny of Structurelessness back in the 70s. The article is fantastic. I highly recommend it to anyone involved in a small company, non-profit, or activist group. There’s a lot of good wisdom contained in this essay. I found it very interesting how timeless Freeman’s observations are.
I’ve been listening to the Spring Awakening Soundtrack a lot lately. I really dig the music, and it’s a nice way to relive the awesomeness of the play. My favorite songs are The Bitch of Living and Totally Fucked. Again, I highly recommend seeing this musical if you’re in New York.
Perez Hilton and others reported today that Wentworth Miller has been dating Luke MacFarlane (the former boyfriend of TR Knight). Wentworth is such a cutie with eyes that kill. Luke is also a bona fide hottie. If Wentworth is gay, then good for him. I’m glad he found someone to make him happy. I just hope he can feel comfortable enough to someday come out of the closet. Of course, if he’s gay, I predict a few gay prison jokes that’ll be made about him.
And, with a name like Wentworth, how can he not be gay? Am I right?
Last year at Priceless I screened the documentary Why We Fight. The film was eye-opening and delivers some interesting and insightful points.
Perhaps the most fascinating part for me is the inclusion of a portion of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation. In his address, he discusses the danger of creating a standing military and the unchecked power of a military industrial complex. Our democracy is founded on the premise that the government’s power is created by the people and should act in the interest of the people. As citizens, our authority rests in our ability to vote elected officials in and out of office at will. But, when you create an entire military sub-structure of unelected officials that are beyond the reach of voters, and often even beyond the reach of elected government officials, our vested democratic power is weakened. I find it inspiring, and eerily insightful, that a Republican President and four-star general so eloquently cautioned the nation in 1961 of these dangers.
I also want to call attention to the last few words in this clip: “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” I just finished reading Al Gore’s new book, which focuses on the need to recreate an alert and knowledgeable citizenry. (Look for my review of Gore’s book soon.)
For the transcript of Eisenhower’s full address, click here.
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