Like we need another SSM diary, but this is starting to really tee me off. A Southern Unitarian-Universalist is generally about the most laid-back person you can meet, but get one mad enough, and we'll go Julia Sugarbaker on your ass.
CG's diary on gender parity in office holders got me thinking. We've collectively talked a lot about office holders, political power (or lack thereof) through representation, etc. But I don't think it is enough to say "there should be more female candidates" and leave it at that.
Why aren't there more female candidates? What is it that makes people decide to run for office? If one considers the genders to be two subgroups of the population, what motivating and demotivating factors to officeholders occur more often in one subgroup than the other?
I've been pretty fed up with the Human Rights Campaign (hereafter HRC) for a while now. If you are unfamiliar with them, or what exactly they are (since the name is, well, rather vague), the HRC is the largest GLBT Rights advocacy/lobbying group in the U.S. And, frankly, they've been incredibly ineffective over the years. As Rachel Maddow has repeated over the years, "Human Rights Campaign? Really? We're so marginalized that we can't even say who we are in our title?"
Seen in that light, the milquetoast efforts to 'not offend anyone' from the offical No on 8 folks is totally unsurprising. So it its inefficacy.
Which makes me really excited about The Impact and what it accomplished over the weekend. I'd really like to the The Impact's energies directed towards pressuring Congress and the Adminstration to repeal, at the very least, the portion of DOMA that restricts the Federal Government from recognizing gay couples.
Around 11:00 PM EST last night, my heart mended with the announcement that Barack Obama is the President-Elect of the United States of America. Later on that night, and this morning, bits of heart broke again with the rout over marriage equality in FL, AZ, and CA.
I grew up and currently live in Massachusetts, back after a few years living in red states. Housing, employment, and public access discrimination based on same-sex orientation has been illegal here since the last 1980s. I have attended many weddings here of friends in the past few years, and hope to someday attend my own. Contrary to what social conservatives would have you believe, Provincetown has not fallen into the ocean. There have been no plagues of locusts.
On the contrary, Massachusetts is in the bottom five states for divorces. In the bottom five for teenage pregnancy. In the top five for educational test scores. One of the highest per capita incomes.
I debated back and forth about posting this here. It is something that I wrote for my personal blog. I work as an accountant, and a lot of my friends were asking me what they should about their banking.
In the end, I decided to post it here. If anything, deposit insurance is a great example of how progressive politics can be implemented in a way that minimizes individual risk through an efficient governmental structure. And it has proven to be a bedrock of our financial system, which is arguably one of the most robust in the history of the world.
Without further ado, "Deposit Insurance 101:"
FDIC Insurance. FDIC insurance covers the deposits accounts of member commerical banks, as well as savings and loans. All FDIC-insurance is per bank, not per account. So the combined total of all covered accounts at a given bank count towards the limits. Member institutions guarantee covered accounts up to $100,000 per depositor for most covered accounts. IRAs are covered separately up to $150,000 per depositor.
Ugh. Not that he hasn't been wretched for years, but after last night, Joementum really sounds like a euphemism for a disease of the intestinal tract.
I'm finding myself really hoping that we end up with 55 or 56 Democratic Senators after this election cycle. I don't think 60 is realistic. While it would be lovely to be able to invoke cloture, I just don't see it happening.
57 would be truly excellent. 57 would be enough that a small number of Dem Senators could switch votes on matters sensitive to their constituents while still forwarding a Democratic agenda. 57 would make it not incredibly difficult to pick up enough Republicans bypass filibuster on various issues.
And 57 would give the Dems enough of a cushion to dump LIEberman from the caucus altogether.
My worst fear is that we Democrats become the victims of our own success and end up with 60 Senators - only if you include LIEberman. I don't want him to have that power. I want that turncoat asshole to sit alone and unloved in a back bench somewhere until his term expires and Connecticut kicks him to the curb.
Gay rights pioneer Del Martin, wife of Phyllis Lyon, passed away yesterday at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco. Together for 55 years, but married for only two months, Martin and Lyon were a shining example of the longevity and stability that same-sex couples are capable of.
Martin and Lyon first met in Seattle in 1950, and purchased a home together in San Francisco in 1955, where they lived together until Ms. Martin's death yesterday. Martin and Lyon were amongst the founders of the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) in 1955, the first lesbian rights organization in the United States.
In addition to the DOB, the list of firsts attributable to Martin and Lyon is both lengthy and impressive. Between, they were the first two editors of the publication Ladders, the monthly magazine of the DOB, which championed women's issues long before NOW existed. Lyon and Martin were the first women to insist on receiving a couple's discount on the NOW membership, and Martin was the first out lesbian on the NOW board. They helped to found the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and Martin was a tireless advocate in the fight against domestic violence.