Archive for June 2008

A June Wrap Up (Warning, I went on a little rant).

June 30, 2008

(I apologize ahead of time for any bad grammar, punctuation, repetative words, and thoughts that are not well thought out, I’m tired people and in the mood to rant a little.)

 

I remember when I was growing up, I thought that by the year 2000 we’d be colonizing planets, all cars would be hover cars and ran on cleaner energy, that was, of course, barring nuclear Armageddon. You know us 80’s kids, we lived under constant fear that someone would push the red button, and KABOOM. The Day After people, that’s all I’m saying. The Day After. Oy.

 

Well, I’m sad to say we as a civilization have not come nearly as far as I thought we would, but happy to report that at least we haven’t blown ourselves up, yet. I guess what I’m getting at is, why oh why does the “moral majority” of society continue to dictate to a minority of people who in turn aren’t allowed a voice.

 

Let me start with a few notions: Do you think that women would have waited so long to have the right to vote if it hadn’t been for the fact that the constituents voting were all men? How about African Americans? Yeah, sure there was something about them being able to vote after the civil war ended (1865), but the “white moral majority” made it next to impossible for many of them (especially in the southern states) to actually vote (based on literacy) until after the civil rights movement in the 60’s.

 

So I say, is it right for a “moral majority of heterosexuals” to determine what homosexuals rights are? I don’t think so. It’s freaking nuts to think that we have another minority out there without a voice. I mean, fine, if it’s an issue that affects all of us, like tax increases, gun legislation, education bills, etc. A majority vote is in order. But what does two same sex partners wanting to have a legally binding wedlock have anything to do with heterosexuals.

 

Nothing.

 

You know, the big argument for this issue seems to be “a marriage is between a man and woman.” So, then I say, “why?” and the answer I get in return is, “because it’s in the bible.” So, then I say, “I thought there was a separation of church and state?” And I get back a, “it’s between a man and woman, under god, because that’s the way it’s always been.” So then I turn around and say, “well, slavery used to be an accepted practice. Not allowing women to vote or own property and stuff used to be an accepted practice. Heck, in some parts of the world, both things still are acceptable. So it seems to me that view points about what’s right and what’s wrong shift with the wind.” Then I get the “you’re nuts,” look. *sigh*

 

Okay, well, say I’m an atheist, and I get married by a judge, and I tell him to leave god completely out of it. Does that mean, even though I’m a woman, married to a man, that I’m not really married since I have taken god completely out of the equation?

 

I don’t know. I think I’m walking a thin line here.

 

Needless to say, I think this whole hoopla about gay marriages is just another way for people to go unrepresented within their own system of government. I personally think the whole marriage thing being a legally binding contract should go away. Anyone who wants to be bound to someone by law should be able to go down to the courthouse, fill out the paper work, file it, and voila, bound. Then, if they want to do a more conventional wedding, they can have their preist, their best-friend, or even their dog marry them.

 

Much love to my gay and lesbian friends/ family who are dear to me (you know who you are), and much love to the heterosexuals who love you back. 🙂 I think it’s nice that June is pride month, but I feel the pride for you all, all year long.  It’s late, and I’m probably not making a lot of sense, but I hope I am. Other than that, I apologize for getting political. I hate politics really, but not nearly as much as I hate bigotry and extremists (and that’s on all issues!).

 

Oh, and Changeling Press is offering a nice 10% discount on their books until the end of this month (which means you have one day left, lol). Sorry. They have a nice selections of GLBT titles. Go check them out.

 

Use the discount code GLBT2008 on any order between now and the end of the month and you’ll get 10% off your order — PLUS 10 winners will get a free PDF copy of Ann Vremont’s Wolf  Dance! Just buy any new release or GLBT theme book and enter the discount code GLBT2008  to receive 10% off your entire order and a chance to win a free book!

www.changelingpress.com

 

Oh, and a quick shout out to some gay themed movies and television I like. I’m a sucker for happy endings, so :p~~ here are my movie recommendations: Shelter (a new favorite!), Latter Days, All Over the Guy, Just a Question of Love, Adam and Steve (friggin’ hilarious), A Home at the End of the World (much better than I thought it would be), and Guys and Balls.  On television: Verboten Liebe (German soap – love Christian and Ollie), Brothers and Sisters, Skins, and As If.

 

Hugs, peace, and love,

Renee (who should have kept it light and fluffly)

 

 

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Life, reading, just stuff in general…

June 4, 2008

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. It’s not you, it me. 🙂 No, I’m not breaking up, lol. Just doing the tortured artist thing and hiding out in the cave, otherwise known as my home.

It’s been storming like crazy here in Missouri. Last night, the lightning brilliantly illuminated the sky as the thunder cracked and rumble, basically scaring the crap out of my 13 year old son. 🙂 The worst part is, the electricity kept going off and on (making it difficult to work on the computer), and it screwed up my satellite reception. Oh, the crosses we must bear! lol.

Let’s see, I’ve been reading some interesting books this spring:

Bobbie Faye’s Very (very, very, very) Bad Day, by Toni McGee Causey – this book is a riot! Smart, funny, and packed with action. I highly recommend going out and getting it, like today. You won’t be disappointed.

From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris – I loved this adventure with Sookie Stackhouse. Charlaine Harris never lets me down for great reading.

Because Your Vampire Said So by Michele Bardsley – Yes, Michele is one of my BFF’s, but it doesn’t stop me from being a fan. All hail Queen Patsy! Oh to be 40 and cellulite free. I’d travel to Broken Heart just for that. Funny, smart, with minor heart breaks along the way, and a very happy ending.

Blood Noir by Laurell K Hamilton – There’s been a lot of bad reviews for this book, and while I would have wanted more, I’m completed hooked on Anita Blake and her wacky world. It’s sort of like being addicted to a soap opera. Even when I don’t like where the story line might be headed in one book, I stick around because I love the characters and keep hoping things will get on the right track for them. So, I suggest to those who are unhappy with where things are at for Anita and feel strongly enough to want to vent publicly, shut up about it and quit buying the books. Sheesh. I, for one, will be buying them until she quits writing them. Because…no matter where the storyline is at, I can’t put the books down until I’m finished, and I feel a little lost and sad that I won’t be able to read more of these characters for another year. Blood Noir was not an exception. I had it finished in 5 hours. *sigh* No more Anita and the boys fix until next year.

Beg for Mercy by Toni Andrews – I love, love Mercy, and the book had me begging Toni Andrews for more in the series.

Angel of Mercey by Toni Andrews – I got more. LOL. The second book was really great. We get to see her best friend develop a little more. Part of the story line had me thinking I might have to track Toni down and whack her, but she resolved it nicely. I highly recommend both these books as the beginning of what I hope is a long running series.

Well, that wraps it up for books, although I’ve read several others, those are the ones that really stick with me.

The state of Television Programming:

WTF is wrong with the networks?? Moonlight – cancelled, Men in Trees – cancelled, Shark – cancelled, New Amsterdam – cancelled, Bionic Woman – cancelled, Women’s Murder Club – cancelled, Journeyman – cancelled, Las Vegas – cancelled… and the list goes on. If I could get everyone to boycott these “staple” networks and start watching TNT, USA, and Scifi original series instead, I would. These asshat programmers need a kick in the tushy.

Movies –

Loved the new Indiana Jones movie! Woot, woot! It was so much fun to revisit old characters with new character suprises thrown in. Took my son and two of his best friends to see it. We had a blast.

Can’t wait for Hellboy 2, Hancock, The Love Guru, Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Sex in the City: The Movie, The Incredible Hulk, The Happening, The Dark Knight, The X-Files sequel, and The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emporer.

Life:

My son’s playing baseball this summer (as usual), we had two games last week, four games this week, then the schedule starts becoming manageable. We went camping over Memorial weekend. It was relaxing, even with 5 thirteen year old boys along for the ride. lol. My nephew got married at a blues club, my neice is getting married in two weeks in the same place I got married 18 years ago (my father’s front yard). It’s a nice homage to my dad who passed away from cancer two years ago. It’ll be the first time I’ve been back there since we buried him, so I’m a little stressed about that, but I can handle it (I hope). My husband has been diving the midwest. It seems like he’s off on an excursion every other week. We’ll be going to my husband’s family reunion in Iowa over the fourth of July. Should be a good trip. We’ll see. *grin* Oh, and in August…I turn the big 4-0.  *le sigh*

Cons coming up:

Well, I can’t make it to Lori Foster’s. *sigh* Just not enough money or time. But, I’m going to Conestoga July 25-27, which should be a lot of fun. Michele and Dakota will be there as panelists. My husband is coming along, but he’ll be diving Tenkiller Lake while I’m doing my thing. 🙂

Speaking of Dakota and Michele, they are both doing a signing in Dallas, TX on July 11, 2008. I’m going to try and get there for it. It will just all depend. July is adding up to one busy month!

Well, that’s it for now…

How’s your spring (moving into summer) going?

Hugs,

Renee