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this year my partner and I got married. If we lived in CA if would be legal.. unless they overturn in this November election. All it takes is a few states to get the ball rolling so that states like mine will make it legal too. You need to pass this around. Let your friends and family know that Proposition 8 on CA ballot should be a BIG NO!!! Make gay marriage legal. So that some day my sweety and I can have another party and tell people that we have the same rights that others do when they marry.

I need you to:
-talk about proposition 8.
-talk about how it would try to invalidate the legal standing of same-sex marriage - my marriage.
-and talk about how it would write discrimination into the california state constitution.
-register to vote.
-vote no on 8 in november.
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When I hear the word "maverick" used I think of my high school. We were the McCutcheon Mavericks. And frankly, I don't like thinking about my high school when I think about the president.
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Thank you naomi for pointing this one out.

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Lesbian activist Martin dead at 87
Posted: 03:37 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) — Lesbian activist Del Martin, at the forefront of the battle for same-sex marriage in California, died Wednesday in San Francisco. She was 87.
Martin’s partner of 55 years, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side at the UCSF hospice, the National Center for Lesbian Rights said. Martin and Lyon, 84, tied the knot on June 16 in a ceremony officiated by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Long before Massachusetts and then California legalized same-sex marriage, Lyon and Martin were integral parts of the early movement for lesbian and gay rights.
In 1955, they founded the nation’s first lesbian organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, and launched the first lesbian publication, The Ladder. Martin co-founded the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, and was also a founding member of several other organizations, including the Lesbian Mother’s Union, the San Francisco Women’s Centers and the Bay Area Women’s Coalition. She and Lyon were co-founders of the first gay political group in the United States, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, named for author Gertrude Stein’s long-time partner.

New scams

Jun. 25th, 2008 09:26 am
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If you hadn't heard.. here are some of the newest scams to get you to part with your personal info.

There are two relatively new phishing schemes that are starting to show up in this area. Please read the below, and use it as a reminder to NEVER provide personal information to solicitors, and to NEVER click on any links if you are not sure where the link is going or why you received it.

The first is a method called a "vishing" attack which is carried out over the phone. Victims will receive a call from a person claiming to be from the office that oversees jury duty. The person will tell you that you failed to show up for jury duty and now a warrant is out for your arrest. The caller expects you to protest that you never received the summons. After you protest, the caller will indicate that you can be rescheduled but you will have to verify your identification. The information requested usually includes your Social Security number, date of birth, driver's license number and address.

The second method is referred to as spear phishing. A spear phishing exploit is targeted towards specific persons, typically in highly visible positions. These attacks use publicly available information about potential victims to build an attack plan. The way this attack works is you will receive an official looking e-mail message (containing personal information about you) claiming that a federal investigation has turned up evidence of wrongdoing on your part and you are now being served a warrant. The email will request that you to click on a link for information about the warrant. Once you click on the link, a Trojan (virus) will be loaded onto your computer and used to capture information such as your passwords and personal data.
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J.K. Rowlings commencement address to Harvard Graduates.

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the new Chip Kidd book is out and well.. I just read a magnificent paragraph.

She was typing again. Now, obviously she was a stranger to me, but I already suspected that even if I were to lie on the floor in front of her with a meat axe growing out of my head, in a pool of my own hot homoglobin, the probability of Miss Preech calling an ambulance would be remote in the extreme- much less a cab, right now... I rang one for myself from the corner payphone.

This is as good as the Cheese Monekys. And yes Jackie, I brought it for you.
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It appears that city hall will be the home of the new farmer's market. It is in the courtyard of city hall and I just got back from there. there is someone selling eggs, a farmstand from NJ and a plant stand from quarrytown.

Just an FYI to my friends here in CC who might want to pick some stuff up at lunch.
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from the christian right afa:
Procter & Gamble has resumed using explicit, open-mouth homosexual kissing in their soap opera, "As the World Turns." P&G decided to include this type of content as a commitment to "diversity." P&G stopped showing such scenes some months ago, but has now decided to again help promote the homosexual agenda which includes homosexual marriage.

Gay activists are hopeful that the P&G effort will desensitize viewers to the homosexual lifestyle and help make the unhealthy and immoral lifestyle more acceptable to society, especially to children and youth.

View a scene [link removed] from the April 23, 2008 episode by P&G. WARNING – content is repulsive!

"As the World Turns" is owned and controlled completely by P&G. No network made this decision. P&G alone made the decision to support the homosexual agenda.
i could careless about as the world turns itself. but this crap by the afa needs to be stopped.

here's something simple you can do. please do it.
P&G is conducting a phone poll to see if people are for or against the Luke/Noah storyline on As The World Turns. Even if you don't watch the show, please a moment to thwart homophobic bigotry. The poll is completely automated. You don't have to talk to anyone. And it takes all of a second to register your opinion.

Call 1-800-331-3774. Press #1 to continue in English (or #2 for Spanish) (you may or may not get that question, so listen to the menu). Then select the option to answer the ATWT poll, please support the Luke/Noah storyline.

book meme

Apr. 28th, 2008 02:34 pm
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Thanks Auntiero

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And I hardly walked around NYC. I think it is just my whole body is tired.

I did have a lovely lovely time with my friend in NYC. And then we had a meal that I enjoyed so much I practically licked my plate (but I didn't cos we were in public) and we went to a new flea market that was so much fun to look at that I took a bunch of artsy fartsy fotos. Hanging with my friend Em was the bestest part though.

My SP gave me some really lovely things.. and I got to hug her in person. I wore the scarf ever since I got it. And the cowl/snood (OK it is a cowl, but I love to wear it as a snood) is great for helping keep my hair back. People were really lovely at the reveal and I enjoyed my day with them.
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Dear Secret Pal,

I love you. I mean that. I got my package today with cashews and local apple butter and I just had a happy moment at my desk. it smells like divine PBJ sandwiches here at work.. adn I am thinking abotu sneaking a few cashews before lunch.

Plus I suffer from the same thing you do. ONE MORE BOX will make my life better. I just know it will. Thank you for the super cute lunchbox.

And I am a HUGE fan of buttons. I could spend all day playing in a button box. THANK YOU!! I am already thinking about yarn I could use to make the buttons shine!

Pics later tonite and I'll post them on PK.

With undying love,


Mar. 24th, 2008 02:10 pm
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well I can't stand them. but there is a diorama peep display in the Washington Post.

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Sam recommended and then dropped off his copy of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I just finished it today at lunch. WOW and WOW. I won't ruin the story for you but I wil say that it alludes to a catastrophic ending, so you have plenty of time to abort and decide you don't really want to know.

I liked it. altho I would say as much as I wanted to keep reading it I am glad I did it in small doses. I think if I had sat down and read this all in 1 or 2 sittings I would be bereft. Super well done and Sam says there is a sequel. hurrah!

From her website:
From The Sparrow

It was predictable, in hindsight. Everything about the history of the Society of Jesus bespoke deft and efficient action, exploration and research. During what Europeans were pleased to call the Age of Discovery, Jesuit priests were never more than a year or two behind the men who made initial contact with previously unknown peoples; indeed, Jesuits were often the vanguard of exploration.

The United Nations required years to come to a decision that the Society of Jesus reached in ten days. In New York, diplomats debated long and hard, with many recesses and tablings of the issue, whether and why human resources should be expended in an attempt to contact the world that would become known as Rakhat when there were so many pressing needs on Earth. In Rome, the questions were not whether or why but how soon the mission could be attempted and whom to send.

The Society asked leave of no temporal government. It acted on its own principles, with its own assets, on Papal authority. The mission to Rakhat was undertaken not so much secretly as privately--a fine distinction but one that the Society felt no compulsion to explain or justify when the news broke several years later.

The Jesuit scientists went to learn, not to proselytize. They went so that they might come to know and love God's other children. They went for the reason Jesuits have always gone to the furthest frontiers of human exploration. They went ad majorem Dei gloriam: for the greater glory of God.

They meant no harm.


Mar. 14th, 2008 09:18 am
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OK. I am in love with this idea. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] llyfr I laughed myself silly.


dear pal

Mar. 11th, 2008 10:41 am
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I know I haven't written anything public lately. If I haven't been swamped with work I've been in a crummy mood. I just haven't been a sparkly diamond who wants to just gush.. sorry about that.

Work has been heavy. I have been ordering alot more things than usual and I still have normal duties. So me=overwhelmed.

Flower show last week was lovely. Spring is always a good thing. It is coming, but just not soon enough.

LYS Crawl was awesome and I had so much fun. I met a ton of new folks who were very funny and interesting. I hope that we do that again.

I've been cooking and knitting. My two favorite thigns. I am hoping to get one big project outta the way so I can get finishing up on some others. I hope to have a cleaner slate by summertime.
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