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What will Happen? A Soothsayer’s Guide to the Presidential Election

October 31, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

I make a lot of predictions about politics, some published, some unpublished.  I’m not always right with the famed “margin of error”, but I generally  get pretty close.  For example, in 1999, I predicted that if George W. Bush were to become the next President of the United States it would result in World War III.  I missed the mark on that one as we are all alone in our wars… wars on the economy, wars in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, the continuation of the war on drugs (there’s a certain irony there me thinks), and, of course, the war on social indecency, such as abortion and homosexuality.  But, I was wrong.  This is not a world war, it’s merely the most difficult time of my life to be proud to be an American.  I do hope that pride will be restored in the future; however, with that in mind, I make the following prediction:

If John McCain is elected president and $200 billion dollars in tax cuts go to corporations and $4 million dollars go to the oil companies, this country’s economic recession will continue into another Depression.  Why do I say this?  It’s obvious that corporate America cannot be trusted, nor can the oil companies.  Take the incident in Sudan wherein the United States, under the Reagan administration, by way of an authoritative Sudanese government, removed and/or killed the residents of Southeastern Sudan and moved Chevron Oil Company into the area after George H.W. Bush surveyed the area and found OIL (not inhumanity).  Take the fact the at $700 billion dollars given to the banking industry has not stimulated bank lending in spite of an additional .5% cut in the interest rate.  In fact, the banks are cash hoarding or spending the money on elaborate executive meetings.  Why?  Lack of pre-requisite.  John McCain feels that pre-requisites must be met before meeting and discussing peace with Palestine, Iran, Cuba and other countries, but seems to believe there is no pre-requisite requirement to hand $750 billion dollars to the banking industry (it should be noted that Barack Obama supported the bail out as well).

To put that $750 billion into perspective, think of it this way.  If that $750 billion were to be split equally among every American (including children and infants), each American would receive somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,300.  Not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, but no eliminate all children and non-tax payers and how much money would each tax-paying American receive?  Somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,400.00.  That’s a lot of dough.  So, better to give the money to the banks without pre-requisite or to the American Tax Payer.

Now, if you don’t believe the allegations that McCain intends to provide that tax credit to corporations and oil companies, check the facts:

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – Fact check: McCain tax cuts give $200 billion to corporations, $4 billion to oil companies? « – Blogs from CNN.com.

I had to update this post as I inadvertently misstated a fact – it was not Shell Oil, but Chevron Oil company that began drilling in Sudan after the government removed residents from the area.

You’d Be Fat Too

October 22, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

This is the introduction to my book project, You’d Be Fat Too.  I share the introduction in an effort to gain interest as I prepare to complete the project and publish my first novel.  This is a “Coming of Age” tale about my life, generally.  It is a work in progress just like my life.  Cross posted from our child site at ejOculation.com .

I am a happy person. I’m a happy person because I eat. I eat to remain a happy person; it’s that simple. As a man, stereotypically, vanity would not be an issue. As a homosexual man, vanity defines me – vanity and food that is. Ordinarily, I would avoid a full length mirror, but sometimes curiosity gets the best of me. I remember myself as a young, attractive, slender man with varying body fat of 6 to 10 percent. I enjoy holding onto that memory of me in spite of the truths revealed in the full length mirror. Unlike Alice, I do not see the White Rabbit or the Cheshire Cat when I gaze into the looking glass. I see fat… fat in places I didn’t know could be fat, like my arm pit… how did I get fat there? One stumble in front of the full length mirror led me to the discovery that I do still have a penis, in spite of having not seen it in a very long time… not by looking down at it anyway. It’s certain that my penis has not gotten fat along with me. If only one could gain weight in their penis first, instead of their gut, then every man would be fat and every woman would be force feeding him.  (more…)

Biden v Palin – Gay Rights?

October 03, 2008 By: jaysays Category: LGBT News, Marriage Equality

Forgive me if I missed something in last nights Vice Presidential debate.  Did Joe Biden and Madame Palin really say that they were for equal rights for homosexuals but not for redefining marriage?  I fail to see how you can truly have “equal” rights without such “redefining.”  The nuances of the words marriage and redefining can be argued, but truly, making statements effectually stating that it’s ok for gay people to enter into contracts to give them the same rights as heterosexual couples entering into marriage is… well… not equal!

I use terminology here applicable to Texas, some states may call documents by other variations, but they are essentially the same. Lets say I wanted to enter into a “contract” in order to make health care decisions on the part of my partner – assuming he were too ill to make those decisions himself.  This would be a “Medical Power of Attorney.”   In addition to that, I’m going to need access to his bank accounts and other financial records, now I need a “Statutory Durable Power of Attorney.”  You also need a will to pass the property on to your partner should you pass away or vice versa.  Depending on the amount of your assets you can expect to pay between $1,000 – $15,000.00 for an attorney to draft these documents.  Unless you have a large estate, all of these documents can be done away with by getting married.  Texas, being a community property state, allows for the assets of one spouse to pass to the other without a will or in testate (although its a good idea to have one).  Further, no Powers of Attorneys are needed for married couples.  Cost of a marriage license in Bexar County, Texas is $66.00.

Further, should a married couple wish to buy a house or car jointly, there is no need for a formalized contract between the two parties, as such contract already exists as a contract for marriage via the issuance of a marriage certificate.  Should a homosexual couple wish to do the same, it would require a contractual agreement between the parties (one way to do this is to form a business partnership to maintain the assets).  As you can imagine, doing so would be costly.  There are alternative ways, all of which would likely require an attorney and fees for document filing and registration far in excess of $66.00.

We homos have to consider tax issues that married couples don’t.  For example, let’s adopt a baby.  Assuming you live in a state that allows adoption by a gay couple, what does this mean for federal taxation?  Who gets the tax benefit of a dependent as Federal Tax law does not recognize same sex couples?  Assuming you live in a State that allows single people to adopt, who should be the adoptive parent?  Likely, you would answer this question by asking, who would get the largest Federal Tax benefit.  Thus, you would likely need to consult your CPA or other qualified tax professional and again incur additional expenses married couples would not.

Some companies offer domestic partner benefits to their employees.  A wonderful perk, but did you know that your partners health benefits are taxed against you if you utilize those benefits?  Not so for married couples.

There are hundreds of these issues for we the homos that make us separate and distinctly unequal from our heterosexual counterparts under the laws of our states and even under Federal Law.  Each issue builds on the next and each question leads to more questions.  So, how do you fill the gap of equal treatment without redefining marriage?  Some state the answer is through Domestic Partnerships.  Although this is a wonderful compromise and a step in the right direction, it is not an equal right under the law, it is a special right, as marriage is a special right assigned to heterosexuals.

You simply cannot apply equal rights to homosexual couples without redefining marriage to some degree and by redefining marriage, you will then need to redefine divorce.  After all, 100% of divorces in the U.S. directly result from marriage.  For me, no recognization of same sex marriage IS the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere

Why Linux Will Never Take Over Windows

October 02, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

I’ve made an observation as a perspective former Windows Vista user who is generally considered to be computer smart. I’m considering *upgrading* to OpenSuse. I reviewed the Live CD but couldn’t get some software to install and somewhere in my head some magical thing happened and I thought, well, guess I better install the full edition.   I did so, and then began sorting through the enormous amount of new terminology like: repositories; command line; GNOME; KDE and a plethora of other things I’d never claim to understand.  I’ve read everything I can think of to read and then some… So, knowing that the following will result in a lot of hate mail from all sorts of Dungeons and Dragons folks…. here is what I’ve learned (or haven’t learned):

  • Linux people are way too smart to write tutorials and certainly should not try to put together a simple installation guide – it’s complex and there are too many choices.
  • Linux people are outrageously snobbish when it comes to their computer preferences. It’s not if it works, but rather, anything else is rubbish…
  • A step by step screen shot guide stating “choose this option” is impossible or “do this” because the OS is so customizable.
  • GNOME or KDE – how should I know which one I prefer, particularly when everyone is so certain that their opinion is RIGHT.
  • WTF is all this talk about the command lines and where in the world do you type them?  I tried in BOTH Command Prompt programs installed on my OpenSuse 11.0 with GNOME Desktop (damn that’s a lot to say).  Both times I was told the command “make” does not exist.  Uhm… that’s what the tutorials said to type?
  • To install my computer hardware with Opensuse I have to know way too much about the hardware, including things like manufacturer, version numbers, if the firmware is firm????
  • To install my wireless card from Broadcom I apparently need ndiswrapper which is impossible to install based upon the tutorial distributed with the download (see command line problems above)  When you put it in the command prompt (I call it that due to windows comfort zone and I can’t remember what linux folks call it) you get an error message… it’s not like I know what “ls /blah/blah blah –r /ndiswrapper to the power of 60 with a test of lime” does as a command.
  • The GUI is no more impresive or less impressive than any other GUI and all the focus on “pretty” things makes me crazy. I just expect performance.
  • Too many decisions have to be made for Linux to ever replace Mac OS or Windows. All the options are very overwhelming – even to dorks like me who love options…
  • What should I do about partition based or LVM based and what is LVM and what the hell does it matter?
  • A swap Partition? Seriously… what the hell is that and why when trying to specify partitions does it appear that I have a much larger harddrive than I actually do? How is it partitioning space that doesn’t exist.
  • Installing and using Linux can drive a sane person to murder a herd of nuns using a toothpick and a can of raid – for which I’m very very sorry.
  • Once installed and played with for hours upon hours, my computer is still unusable, I don’t have wireless networking, I can’t connect to my work network even with the wire plugged in and I have 20% less hair than when I started.  Further, the Linux install did not overwrite my Vista installation and when I tried to delete the partition with windows I received a rather threatening message saying it’s ok to do that, but it’s not recommended.  What!?!?!  WHAT!??!!  Why would I do something you don’t recommend when I know nothing about your software (is it ok to call it software or will I get hate mail from Linux folks?)
  • To no longer use Windows, I’m spending an awful lot of time trying to find and install software to emulate windows or allow windows drivers to work with my hardware.
  • Linux has apparently never heard of Plug and Play.

Options are generally a good thing.  For example, would you like the grey shirt or the blue shirt?  But if asked if you would like any one of several hundred different shirts, it may take a while to decide.  So, if you are a Windows user looking for an alternate OS, be warned.  Even computer dorks like myself can’t handle the annoyance of changing.  Now… I have to figure out how to uninstall Linux…