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David
Euless, TX
Just a queer geek.
Interests: anne rice, star trek, information society, neil gaiman, battlestar galactica, harry potter, geeks, the b-52's, stargate sg-1, armin van buuren, the ditty bops, insoc, jay brannan
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You bring up some good points. I think the real problem when it comes to discussing issues is unless it's something that could potentially boos their ratings (ie. Michael Jackson's death) they limit themselves in the amount of time they will cover any issue. So it probably is easier to pick one talking point for the 10 minute segment and stick to that. When you consider that CNN is a 24 hour news network that's really sad.
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David is now following Zachary Quinto
Aug 22, 2009
David is now following Wil
Aug 22, 2009
Hehe, you're too kind. On an average day QM maybe sees about 14 hits. I am going to feature this post for a couple of weeks in hopes that it does help you raise some money to donate.
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I'm glad that I actually heard back from Facebook. I was getting ready to write them again. I saw an ad earlier for a gay cruise, this time featuring three shirtless men with their arms around each other. If that's acceptable to Facebook, I couldn't for the life of me figure out why three fully dressed women wasn't.
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I guess it's too much to hope that a company will fully admit that they made a mistake. Thanks for your support on Twitter about this.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2009 on Facebook Changes Mind at Queer Musings
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It could very well be a money issue. I think, however, the production team gets to decide how many page views a day the ad gets; not Facebook. If that's the case then they would easily be able to fit it within their budget I would think. In my searching around the web today, I found out that And Then Came Lola has a blog set up. I think they did a much better job of searching out ads that are more provocative, portray an idealized body type, and other things that Facebook says they don't allow in ads. They compiled them all into one graphic at this post.
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I'm too tired right now to be witty, so I'll just say I like my popcorn with extra butter. I really do wish this was an April Fool's Day joke.
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Thanks for the links. I've left comments at both of them.
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It's a good book. Of course as you read it you'll be thinking I know EXACTLY who this character is based on, and WOW, this character is exactly like ****. Even with the predictability of parts of it, I found it very enjoyable.
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On the bright side, I'm only a couple of hours from the TX/OK border. So all I would have to do is just head north and make it across the Red River. :^P
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2009 on Texas Governor Talks Secession at Queer Musings
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I remember that. I even shared your post with my friends on Facebook. So since you've experienced first hand the problems we could face if we end up with a mishmash of laws about who's married and who is in a civil union, you can appreciate even more why we are fighting for 100% marriage equality. It really has nothing to do with the religious aspect of marriage. I'm even OK with the fact that Vermont wrote into their legislation that churches don't have to perform same-sex marriages if they don't want to. Other than that one detail gays and lesbians in Vermont will now get to experience everything that the state offers heterosexual couples. They just won't get any benefits of federal recognition of their marriage yet.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2009 on Why Marriage Matters at Queer Musings
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I wish I could take credit for these ideas, but in all honesty I can't. I got to thinking about this thanks to an article I read talking about a city in Missouti that passed an ordinance starting a domestic partnership registry. I wish I could find that article now to use as source material, but one thing it mentioned was an example of a registered couple having a car wreck outside the city limits. When they got to the hospital in that city, they wouldn't have any legal standing as a couple. For me, it only stands to reason that if GLBT couples face those problems within their state, the same would be true on a national level if civil union laws varied by state.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2009 on Why Marriage Matters at Queer Musings
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All of those are very good points, and yes, I did notice you said husband. :^) Actually I think what's going to happen here for most states is what we just saw happen in Vermont. It was the first state to pass civil unions for GLBT couples. Then as time went on, they are now the first state to legislate full marriage equality. I'm more than willing to go that route on the fight for full and equal recognition of GLBT relationships. What I'm afraid is going to happen is we'll have a hodgepodge grouping of laws differing in each state. One state may allow hospital visits, pension, inheritance, but no adoption. Then another like Vermont will allow 100% equal status, including the term marriage. How will that affect a couple if they move from one state to another? Also with states, such as my home state of Texas, having constitutional amendments banning the act or recognition of such partnerships from other states, that further complicates the matter. It's already been argued that states not recognizing marriages or unions from other states is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's article IV. It's going to be a long and complicated process for us, but in the end I think we will have the full rights and privilege of marriage or civil partnerships.
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The thing is, the states that have passed civil unions haven't given 100% of the same rights as married couples. I'm not sure of all the details of UK civil unions, but from what I've seen they offer everything that heterosexuals have access to when married. Also when Price Charles got married again, was it more of a civil marriage? I think that's were the distinction comes in, you guy have civil union/marriage which are the same. We have marriage and civil unions which aren't equal under the law. Also why should they be called different things? This all goes back to the concept of separate but equal. They've tried it before when we had racial segregation, but in reality the laws passed were to the benefit of whites in this country. Sorry I'm a bit tired after a long night of work, so I don't know if I made much sense or not. I think it just boils down to, if marriage is such a holy word, then it should only be allowed to be used by people who get married in the church. If they don't then everyone else is in a civil union.
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I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for all of their kind words. Both here and on Twitter. It means a lot. I just hope more gays and lesbians come forward with their stories of life in the military. Both bad and good experiences need to be told.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2009 on A Gay Ex-Sailor's Views on DADT at Queer Musings
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I think Obama could have stayed totally neutral on this if they would have stopped with the first sentence. I only got angry after reading he only supports civil unions.
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You just helped make that argument for me, since I'm guessing you saw my tweet for this post :^) I'm looking forward to when you send the tweet saying For Thousands of Miles is completed.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2009 on Why Protect Twitter Posts? at Queer Musings
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I try to visit the GLBT bookstores whenever I visit a city. Like I said in the post above, the employees are usually a good source of information about things to do while in town. I don't just use them for any info they might be able to provide, I almost always walk out with a book or two as a way of saying thanks for taking the time to help me navigate the city. A couple of times I've been invited by a fellow shopper to have a cup of coffee so they could tell me a little bit about their city. I really enjoyed that because I usually travel alone. So it was nice to sit with a local and learn a bit more than what the internet or a guide book can tell you. I don't think something like that would happen at a large chain store like Barnes & Noble.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2009 on L.A. GLBT Landmark to Close at Queer Musings
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Oklahoma City and Tulsa really are good cities. It's just such an ordeal living there because of biggots like him. In some ways it helps bring the GLBT community closer together vs. someplace like Dallas or New York. Because we don't deal with a lot of hatred in our daily lives we tend to be more distant from our GLBT brothers and sisters. In OKC it seemed everyone watched out for each other.
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Thanks for the info. It's rather late so I just took a quick look at the article. The first problem that I see is that SocialThing is still an invite only service. It's been that way for almost a year now. Doesn't bode well for it. Especially since AOL acquired it back in August. Being purchased by a larger company should lead to it being open to the public by now. Also from what I saw in the article and looking at the SocialThing site, I'm not sure if it will do what I want it to do. I think we're just going to have to deal with incompatibility issues until the social bubble bursts. Once the dust settles and we know who is going to stick around for the long term, then we should get an aggregator that will do complete posts at all of our other sites.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2009 on Social Aggregation Frustrations at Queer Musings
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I happen to live in a state the does not provide protection under the law for housing and employment. Here in Texas, there is nothing to prevent a company for firing me because I'm gay. Also property law does not provide protection from GLBT discrimination. http://www.hrc.org/laws_and_elections/1772.htm If I had a partner, sure I could get a health care directive signed by both of us before two witnesses. That's something that any legally married committed couple doesn't have to worry about. The ability to make health care decisions is automatically granted with the marriage license. Having a health care directive still, however, does not provide the right to be in the room with your partner. The immediate family can still deny entrance into the room. Something they would not be allowed to do if GLBT couples could marry. Also when it comes to estate planning, there's still not guarantee that the deceased's family won't sue to have the will invalidated, and take the home for themselves. For further proof that we don't have employment protection in every state, you might want to read this MSNBC article about a gay man who was fired. There's a quote from the hotel's assistant manager that admits the employee's sexual orientation was the reason for the termination. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28581470/
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That's what I liked about the Marc and Cliff situation on Ugly Betty. Sure you have Marc which is 100% a stereotype, but then you had Cliff that was just your average guy. Cliff helped balance the stereotype of Marc.
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I think the health reasons are motivation enough. Then of course there's the money issue. I spend about $160/month on smoking. Hell that's almost motivation enough with the economy tanking. I have vacation coming up in a little over a week. That might be a good time to set as my stop date.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2009 on Happy New Year [Video Post] at Queer Musings
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Good luck on this Wil. I just saw a posting where NBC might already be planning on feeling any programing holes with BBC material. While I'm a fan of many BBC shows, it just frustrates me that a US network would fill time with their shows without any regard to the local actors, crew members that are out of work during a strike. Not to mention all the other companies that rely on the entertainment industry in Hollywood. I found this at http://www.sliceofscifi.com/2008/12/17/bbc-renews-merlin/
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