Gay Inc. – Straight people and corporations have ruined San Francisco’s Pride

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No rainbows for you!  This kind of cracks me up. The gay community has fought for decades to be accepted and to be considered mainstream. Now that they are they want those that have accepted them out of their events. This to me would be like all the cancer walk people kicking out the non-cancerous walkers. You can’t make this stuff up.

Andrew Jolivette, a 41-year-old gay man who was born in San Francisco and now lives in Oakland, said the city’s Pride events and parade were a critical part of his upbringing and queer identity.

“It really was a symbol. By the time I came out, it had all this new significance,” said Jolivette, a professor at San Francisco State University. “It felt like home.”

But in recent years, he’s stopped going to the Sunday parade.

“It’s basically commercial advertising everywhere,” he said. “It just seems like what I’d call Gay Inc. We’re just one more thing for people to purchase.”

Each year, Jolivette said, the parade looks more and more like a carnival for straight people coming from outside of San Francisco. “When it starts to feel like the straight people are outnumbering the queers, that’s not a Pride parade to me,” he said.

From the Guardian

Sentimental Saturday

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This photo was taken by people who thought that it was funny for Nico to chew my chair.

Blue Origin wins for best launch webcast

Blue Origin successfully flew its New Shepard rocket for the 4th time yesterday. For the first time they broadcast the launch and landing live over the Internet. It was a fantastic show to see.

I prefer Blue Origin’s broadcast over SpaceX’s because it’s a no nonsense broadcast. It’s sort of like watching NASA launches of old but with better production values. SpaceX, in my opinion, tries to make their broadcast too hip. There’s stupid cheering in the background for every little stage in the launch. I understand there is a separate broadcast for SpaceX that does not include all the rah rah stuff but that one is too boring and doesn’t have the high quality production values.

I don’t mean to diminish what SpaceX is doing. It’s more difficult for SpaceX to broadcast their launches since their vehicle goes into orbit and their reusable rocket lands on a floating platform in the ocean. I absolutely love what bother companies are doing. I just wish this would have happened decades ago.

Father’s Day to me…

… is having a conversation with my son about everything and nothing that somehow lead me to a memory of watching Battle of the Planets and G-Force!

Godfrey and his big brown pillow.

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Non-military federal agencies are amassing huge arsenals… why?

Some of our elected federal officials are crying for more gun control over the citizenry while at the same time allowing non-military federal agencies to amass huge stockpiles of military weapons and ammunition. Why is this happening? Who are the FDA, NOAA, EPA, SSA, SBA, Education Dept., Energy Dept., Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and IRS going to war with? Since they are charged with regulating you, me, and everything else in the private sector what are we to assume?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting commentary on this growing concern.

The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In its escalating arms and ammo stockpiling, this federal arms race is unlike anything in history. Over the last 20 years, the number of these federal officers with arrest-and-firearm authority has nearly tripled to over 200,000 today, from 74,500 in 1996.

More puzzling is that the University of California, Berkeley (Progressive Central) and Yale University each acquired 14 5.56mm assault rifles and 20 5.56mm assault rifles, respectively, from the Defense Department. Do they envision going to war with students?

One of the arguments in favor of keeping robust 2nd Amendment protections of our rights intact is that one day a citizen or group of citizens may need to protect themselves from a government run amok. Do we need to protect ourselves from the Social Security Administration, Education Department, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? Why are they armed in the first place? Use of force when enforcing the law should be left to the FBI, U.S. Marshalls, and local police departments not regulatory agencies.

We’re doomed.

From the Wall Street Journal: Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

Gimme dat rope!

Gimme dat rope!

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Maximum Galootness!

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A U.S. President and two candidates for his office walk into a room…

There’s been so much chattering nonsense around the web and in the news regarding what President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump said in the aftermath of the Orlando mass murder. I hate listening to most of these speeches because they are usually filled with self serving crap. But, in this case, because of how things are being reported I had to listen or myself so I can make a judgment without the filter of the news and political pundits. A lot can be argued about the content of each person’s speech and I’m not going to get into that. What I’m trying to assess is the big picture emotional connection that a President should convey.

I put President Obama first because he is the President.

It was a decent forceful speech. But, to me he comes off as lecturing the American public and is a bit condescending at times. He’s a bit defensive as well when confronting Trump’s criticism of him not using the term “Radical Islam”.

Next up is Hillary Clinton because ladies first, right? Or is that too sexist in this day and age. In either case you’ll need to jump forward in this video to the 56:38 mark because there are other speakers prior to Hillary making her remarks.

I have never liked Hillary’s style of making a speech. To me she always comes off as sounding as if she’s speaking to a bunch of 3 year olds. I don’t find her very genuine here either and her anger and compassion really comes off as false at the end of the video with her giant smile and spread out arms. It’s like she just gave the performance of a lifetime and she’s a bit giddy about it.

Last we have Donald Trump.

Trump said a lot of things that Americans are thinking right now. If it weren’t for some of his self-serving comments about how great he is or how instantly all our problems will be solved if he’s elected this could have been a pretty good speech. I do think many Americans are angry with the influx of illegal immigration and unfiltered immigration from many Muslim countries. Right or wrong as those feelings may be there is no denying that for a large segment of the population it’s there. Trump is too simplistic in his reaction and to me comes off as an infomercial pitchman. He’s selling the Shamwow of national security.

We’re doomed.

An angle that’s not getting wide coverage on the Orlando shooter.

There is new information trickling out that is not getting the coverage that perhaps it deserves. The reason it may not be getting wide attention is that it does not fit into the anti-gun or anti-Muslim memes that are being pushed at the public for political reasons. We are in the heat of a presidential election and what better fodder for campaign rhetoric than guns and terrorism.

It is increasingly looking like the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, may have been gay. Given the extremely strong anti-gay public statements by his father recent anti-gay statements by some leaders of the Islamic community it may very well be that Mateen was a self-loathing gay man who couldn’t reconcile his feelings with what he was taught from birth.

Could his self-loathing feelings combined with a father that says that God will punish him been the impetus to use the radical and extreme side of Islam as an excuse to absolve himself?

Here are links to 5 stories from reputable sources that are reporting on this angle.

Los Angeles Times – Orlando gunman had used gay dating app and visited LGBT nightclub on other occasions, witnesses say

New York Post – Ex-wife’s bombshell claim: Club shooter was gay

Orlando Sentinel – Witness: Omar Mateen had been at Orlando gay nightclub many times

Palm Beach Post – Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was gay, former classmate says

SBT Brazil – Exclusive: SBT Brazil ex-wife interview the massacre of the author in Orlando