chibi_trillian: (Zoro loves yaoi)
[livejournal.com profile] mel_the_second and I went to the Baltimore Anti-8 Protest on Saturday. We met [livejournal.com profile] genuinelie and [livejournal.com profile] skyrat13 there. There was a surprisingly good turnout, and it was unnaturally warm for November (~70 degrees F). The warm part was good, because we got rained the fuck out.

Pictures under cut. )
chibi_trillian: (pantsu pantsu)
There's an anti-Prop 8 protest in Baltimore on Saturday the 15th at 1:30pm in front of the City Hall. Any other Marylanders going?

Also: I am miffed that I cannot add the Unseen University to my schools list merely because it's not located on planet Earth. If I'm stuck with that vast gaping expanse of empty whiteness in the fugariffic new profile, I'd like to at least attempt to break it up with some pointless info.

Also also: LittleBigPlanet? Rocks. I've rarely had so much fun with a game, and I got to yet again admire the impressive bullshittery that is [livejournal.com profile] gamer_of_chaos operating two controllers at the same time to get a pair of sackboys into position for a four-player-only portion of the game when we only had three people available.

Also also also: Gaia's MMO is just good enough to be addictive while being just glitchy and crappy enough to be horrifically frustrating. I remain impressed that the design team thought that a memory leak that could cause the game to consume over a gig of memory all by itself was a "minor issue." They also really, really shouldn't have released the math they use to calculate drops with multiple people attacking the same enemies. They were trying to get people to stop screaming about kill-stealing and wound up getting people screaming about messing with their drop percentages instead. In the *eyeroll* category, two weeks after initial release and the people who got first crack at it are already being nasty to the newbies and coming up with creative ways to use game items for unofficial PvP. >_>

Also also also also: I meant to celebrate Zoro's birthday by getting caught up on the OP manga yesterday, but I failed at it. ;_; Sorry, Zoro.

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Nov. 6th, 2008 02:29 pm
chibi_trillian: (there's just something about blue)
I felt this was worth sharing for folks not on the Equality CA mailing list.

READ IT, YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARDS. )

Activist and writer Anne Lamott writes, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.”

We stand together, knowing… our dawn will come.

RAWR.

Nov. 5th, 2008 03:59 pm
chibi_trillian: (at the end of my rope)
Proposition 8 passed.

I've donated to Equality CA and HRC, I've been both a buyer and a seller in a fandom charity auction to raise money to fight the measure, and I've been watching the results for it all day between bouts of trying to get my piece-of-shit label printer at work to function.

I started to get angry when I realized that the early exit polls showed the measure failing by about the same percentage as it passed by, meaning that some folks lied to the nice pollsters. You were ashamed enough to lie about how you voted, because you knew it was wrong, but not ashamed enough to vote differently.

But I didn't get choked up until I read the MSNBC article about Prop 8 passing and read what Frank Schubert, the co-head of Yes On 8, said after the declaration. He was so smug, so immensely pleased with himself and his bigotry that I wanted to vomit. This is the same guy that sent out extortion letters to companies that donated to oppose the ban, the same guy who orchestrated horrible lying TV and radio ads that turned a population fairly strongly against Prop 8 to one just barely for it. And he was sitting there talking like he had the moral high ground because he thought that some of his fellow human beings should have less rights than others, babbling vapidly about the sanctity of marriage.

Apparently, gay marriage totally destroys the sanctity of Britney Spears' 55-hour Las Vegas marriage.

And it completely annihilates the sacredness of marriages of convenience or for money.

And let us not forget how those horrible gays are devaluing the natural glory that is the green card marriage.

After all, decades of monogamous committment, which I had mistakenly thought were the basis of a marriage prior to this, don't matter if there are faggots or dykes involved.

I hope the ban's not retroactive. I hope those 18,000 married gay couples in California stay there, still married, creating legal tangles and making the bigots weep. I hope they file lawsuits and haul this shit right up to the Supreme Court and dare the Justices to say that "equal under the law" doesn't apply to them. I hope we get the Roe v. Wade of gay marriage out of this bullshit. And if we do, I propose we all send Frank and all the Yes on 8 managers thank you cards. After all, we couldn't have done it without them.

WAT.

Oct. 24th, 2008 01:37 pm
chibi_trillian: (Zoro loves yaoi)
I've made a couple of donations to Equality CA over the past couple of months, so I'm on their mailing list. I got this email today:

If lies don’t work, then maybe threats and blackmail will.

Yesterday, donors and supporters of Equality California began receiving threatening letters from the “Yes on 8” campaign leadership.

These letters threatened to “expose” the donors listed on our website if they don’t donate to the “Yes on 8” campaign and refrain from supporting Equality California in the future.

That’s how low the other side is willing to go. They are willing to threaten organizations and other donors who support efforts to protect youth and seniors, as a way to raise money in their effort to eliminate our right to marry.

...

The letter, sent on their campaign letterhead, was signed by four members of the group's executive committee and suggests our donors withdraw their support for their own good. It demands an equivalent donation or else:

“Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. You would leave us no other reasonable assumption. The names of any companies…that choose not to donate…to ProtectMarriage.com…will be published.

…We will contact you shortly to discuss your contribution.”


I have no words. NONE. Please Californians, for the love of all that is right and just in this world, vote No on 8.

On the upside, I did learn that my internets and phone providers both support No on 8. :D
chibi_trillian: (learn to write)
Hey guys! You've got about 24 hours left to bid on turning me into your writer slave, otherwise I'm being purchased for the princely sum of 1.5 cents a word (or $15).
chibi_trillian: (who wants a kidney?)
I've gone mad and thrown myself on the meat block. [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry is auctioning pretty much anything and everything to raise money to fight the anti-gay marriage initiative in California. I'm selling +1000 words of One Piece fanfiction.

Go bid or offer yourselves up for sale, because goddammit, this is important. For equality!
chibi_trillian: (Zoro loves yaoi)
California Supreme Court overturns state ban on gay marriage.

Initial reaction: WOOT! THIS IS SO AWESOME AND FULL OF WIN!

Secondary reaction: Squee to all and sundry!

Tertiary reaction, after squeeing at a law student: Oh. ._.

In [livejournal.com profile] jacks_shadow's words: "The odds of a State Consititutional amendment being added to California is now higher, in my opinion, because the highest court in the State looked at the voters and said, 'If you want to ban gay marriage, you're going to have to pass a law we can't overturn.'"

Well, technically [livejournal.com profile] jacks_shadow is done with law school, but he hasn't taken the bar yet, so I guess he qualifies as a larval lawyer? Dunno. But he made an excellent point: though this ruling is a mighty strike for justice and equality, it also greatly increases the chances of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage passing (especially considering that consititutional amendments in California only require a simple majority at a referendum--50.1% means no fabulous gay weddings for Californians).

The small comfort is that even the Governator supports this ruling and has said he's not down with any constitutional amendment overturning it.

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