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Patriotic Posters

// October 14th, 2005 // 1 Comment » // Politics

Lezbo Erotica The Strongerest
Choose Life Xanax

I love these patriotic posters created by satirical site The White House. Heaps more here! via Popbitch

Like Minded Neighbours

// September 23rd, 2005 // No Comments » // Politics

Tom of WellUrban has a fascinating analysis of Wellington election booths by immorality – a recommended read! He also kindly provided a link to the booth-by-booth analysis of the election results. Having perused the results for the booth I voted at, I am pleased to report the following info from Wellington South Salvation Army Hall booth, 16-22 Constable Street:

  • Only 2 people voted for ACT!
  • Only 2 people voted for Destiny!
  • National only beat the Greens by 7 votes
  • Labour got more than 3 times as much as National

If only my booth was representative of the nation, how happy I would be.

On a side note, only 4 people voted for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, which I found odd.

Don Brash Sez

// September 16th, 2005 // 37 Comments » // Politics

Originally uploaded by jemsweb.

A thought for tomorrow’s election.

Everyone Gets A Bargain

// July 13th, 2005 // 22 Comments » // Politics

Warehouse Bargains

Today’s Garrick Tremain cartoon from the Stuff website.

It’s A Nice Day For A White Civil Union

// March 16th, 2005 // 13 Comments » // Gaysville, Politics

The Relationships (Statutory References) Bill was passed yesterday by the NZ Parliament. This is the piece of legislation that changes all existing laws to give civil unions (mostly) equality with marriage. There are still some gaps in the “equality” though, the right to adoption has not been extended and also civil union partners of NZ citizens will not have the right of NZ citizenship. Quite important areas but I for one am happy with what what’s been achieved so far, and will leave the rest to fight another day.

So now me and Jan just have to get the white dresses, cake and marquee ready.

Oh, and save up $10000 to pay for it all.

Emily Gandhi

// February 24th, 2005 // 24 Comments » // Internets, Politics

Just did my political compass via Asher.

Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -7.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.08

No surpises, I am a lefty libertarian lesbian.

The L Words strike again!

Gay America

// November 5th, 2004 // No Comments » // Gaysville, Politics

I’ve been trying to think of what to say about what appears to be the enormous success the Republicans had in using gay couples’ rights to gain critical votes in key states. In eight more states now, gay couples have no relationship rights at all. Their legal ability to visit a spouse in hospital, to pass on property, to have legal protections for their children has been gutted. If you are a gay couple living in Alabama, you know one thing: your family has no standing under the law; and it can and will be violated by strangers. I’m not surprised by this. When you put a tiny and despised minority up for a popular vote, the minority usually loses. But it is deeply, deeply dispiriting nonetheless. A lot of gay people are devastated this morning, and terrified. We have seen, and not for the first time, how using fear of a minority can be so effective a tool in building a political movement. The single most important issue for Republican voters, according to exit polls, was not the war on terror or Iraq or the economy. It was “moral values.” Karl Rove understood the American psyche better than I did. By demonizing gay couples, the Republicans were able to bring in whole swathes of new anti-gay believers into their party. With new senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, two of the most anti-gay politicians in America, we can only brace ourselves for what is now coming.

- Andrew Sullivan via Russell Brown


// November 4th, 2004 // 7 Comments » // Politics

Things we can anticipate now that Bush has been given a “mandate” by the American people: Pre-emptive missile strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities? Full-scale assault on Fallujah? Altering the constitution to ban gay marriage? Abortion illegal in the USA?

We are screwed!

So of course I went to the Warehouse and bought fireworks for Guy Fawkes on Friday night.

One Day Left

// November 2nd, 2004 // 13 Comments » // Politics

Well, American election tomorrow our time. Personally I am getting bad feelings (no doubt brought on by recent crushing Australian election) that we may be in for four more years of Bush. Whatever happens, I think there will be record voter turnout, and probably complete election chaos. Interesting that the world’s shining example of democracy is completely hopeless at holding free and fair elections.

It all reminds me of this site I found on the internet about 18 months ago, about a supposed time traveller from 2036. One of his predictions was that the USA would begin sinking into civil unrest and conflict in 2004-05, breaking out into full scale civil war by 2008. Strangely enough, America now seems so divided that one could almost see that happening! (If it does, bunker down for the nuclear war of 2015, and for god’s sake stop eating meat!! ;-) See John Titor’s Story

Go John Kerry, please go! Win! Damn you! I don’t want to see the smug look on Tim Howard’s face!

Smite Them Down!

// October 19th, 2004 // No Comments » // Politics

dickhead.jpgJust read this very scary article in Salon about the fight against gay rights in Ohio. Check out this guy to the left, a supposed man of God, with his giant sword. These guys are now preaching to their congregrations that they should vote Bush to “protect the unborn child” and the “sanctity of marriage”. And Ohio is about to pass a very scary amendment that not only outlaws gay marriage, but outlaws “legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage”. Such vague wording could lead to all sorts of documents such as wills, child custody and so on being declared invalid by Ohio’s courts.

The rise of Family First in Australia and our very own Destiny Church here in NZ seems to parallel this situation, and it all makes me very worried. It’s vital that the rest of society rallies to protect the rights that have been so hard won, but will that happen? Thankfully there was such a counter-protest at the Destiny Church rally.

Why has there been a rise in all sorts of fundamentalism throughout the world? God, if you’re out there, please reveal yourself and sort out these issues once and for all so we can all get on with our lives!

“God loves everyone… even fundamentalist Christians!” – Fionnaigh’s sign at the Destiny Church rally

PS If you would like to have your name added to a list of people that support the Civil Union Bill in NZ, and you have a credit card, go here – a good way to spend $20.