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RSS Feeds are dead AGAIN!!?!!?!!! Aaaaaarggh!

I can't believe this shit. They were off for about a week, then they just flooded back on Friday night (with all the back up that had built up in the past week) and now they're shut off AGAIN?


Let's get something "straight"...

Names, addresses of Referendum 71 donors not exempt from public disclosure.

The above story is from the Seattle Times. Apparently, there is another Prop 8-like ballot issue coming in Washington. The people who donated towards it are losing their shit because they now know that their names will be made public (as homophobic bigots who supported this with their money). They are afraid of being "harassed/terrorized" by "the gay".

Let's get something straight: you are the ones who are doing the harassing/terrorizing by taking away or keeping away rights from homosexuals that you take for granted: tax deductions/inheritance tax (or lack thereof)/hospital visitation rights/the right to make medical decisions for an incapacitated partner/etc.

If we decide to not patronize your business, that is not harassment/terrorism. That is our right to choose where we will spend our money, just as it is the right of the bigots to spend their money on donations to remove our (other) rights.

Let's look at The El Coyote Cafe in West Hollywood, Ca. as one example. This business is/was primarily patronized by homosexuals since it was in the heart of West Hollywood (a primarily gay neighborhood like Greenwich Village/Christopher Street in NYC or the Castro area of SF). The owner's daughter (who was/is the manager of the restaurant) gave money to support "Prop 8". She basically was taking money from gay men and women to use it to take her own customer's rights away (to not allow them to get married, even though they already were at that point).

When the news was revealed that she had given that donation, it affected her business negatively as, again, the majority of the patrons were gay and now, knowing the real feelings of this woman, they no longer felt that it was appropriate to give her their money. She complained that the gays were "harassing" her because they were letting other gays (and straight supporters) know not to go to her restaurant. No. It was public knowledge that she was a bigot and it was felt that if she didn't like gays she probably didn't want/need their business. She learned a quick lesson: don't shit where you eat.

If I decide that I like Wa-Wa coffee instead of Starbucks coffee, I'm not "terrorizing" Starbucks by giving my patronage to Wa-Wa. If I decide that I'd rather have a pizza at my local establishment instead of Domino's Pizza because I don't want to give money to build Ave Maria, Florida (where the sales of contraceptives will be banned within the town limits), that's still the same free market decision. If I decide that I'd rather have a chicken sandwich other than Chick Fil-A because I don't want my money to go to "Focus on the Family", that's a valid decision...I'm not terrorizing Chick Fil-A by driving past/walking past them to go to a different restaurant instead.

Also, if you are running a business ANYWHERE where the majority of your customers are ANY minority, it's probably not a good idea to be vocal against that minority...it's just bad business.

LJ + RSS = ?

In addition to reading my LJ friends' page for my LJ friends' posts, I also have used it for a LOOOOONG time as my RSS Reader...

....but, am I the only one who hasn't seen any of his RSS feeds in the last 24 hours?

Great night last night...

I went out to Brenner's Brew in Bridgeton, NJ for the poetry slam. (some) good poetry was read, spent time with great people...

The BAD:
1)The one lady didn't let us down: yep, her stuff still sounds like greeting cards (American Greetings, not even Hallmark).
2)The other lady read her usual religious poetry (she always sounds like she's giving a sermon)
3) the "feature": read at least three things by other people (and they were LONG pieces or felt long). He was a little white guy, but all his stuff sounded like gang-banger "wigger" raps (and while some was blistering, much of it seemed to exist only to show off that he owned a rhyming dictionary). The stuff he read was vintage 1970s stuff seemingly written from the black perspective (which was very odd...and didn't help when it was obvious it wasn't from his own experience when he mispronounced the name "Spiro T. Agnew").

The Good:
1) Religious sermon lady's husband sang acapella: "In the Still of the Night" - lovely, though would have been even more wonderful with back-up doo-wop singers.
2) Bob Cook and Bob Geise both read...hopefully the other two above might take notice of their stuff and see how much more powerful it can be. Both of their second sets got much darker and left the audience speechless.

Afterwards, a bunch of us headed to the Golden Pigeon (the "Dirty Bird") Diner (edit: I was so tired still this morning, that I'd originally typed that we went to Brenner's at this point)... That's where we learned, after three of the people at the table ordered omelets, that someone at the table has an irrational fear of eggs (I guess this person would be quite happy in the land of the Nome King).

When we were done eating, the group mostly dispersed. But, Anna Vosburgh, Bob Cook and I ended up hanging out in the parking lot and chatting....until slightly after 3 AM!! When I got in my car and saw the time (I thought it might be about 1:30ish), my jaw dropped. BUT, it was a great night with friends...truly awesome. I'm only just getting up at 10:45 am this morning, but SO worth it!

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