Sunday, May 31, 2009
I will keep saying this until you all figure this out: CIVIL RIGHTS IS CIVIL RIGHTS, PERIOD.
Now, for some angering news. In Wichita, KS this morning, as he was walking up the steps of his CHURCH for Pentecost Sunday servies, Dr. George Tiller was assassinated. Dr. Tiller was often under attack, as his clinic performed late-term abortions (LEGAL ones, he followed all laws and regulations to the letter) for women throughout the plains, as they often had no where else to go.
I am glad to hear that there is a suspect in custody; for once, I am willing to waive my opposition to capital punishment.
However, for a more potent and positive remembrance of Dr. Tiller's life, I suggest that you do as I have (H/T to Amy!) and donate to Planned Parenthood in Dr. Tiller's name. Let's put our money where our mouths are.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I said it back in April, I'll say it again now, gay rights are civil rights. Morons like Bunker and his supporters keep using the Old Testament as justification for their attacks on gays. It says you can't lie down with men, well, go suck on a piece of catfish ya hypocrite.
Jesus, who you profess to love and carry with you with your gaudy display of faith said he was the foundation of a new covenant which became the New Testament. He also said the following in Matthew 5:43-47
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,  what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
What does that say? To me it says greet and love everyone the same, because if you don't you are no different than the Gentiles, aka the heatherns. Greeting and loving everyone the same is the exact same as treating them the same. Do not treat them differently, do not discriminate.
Oh and for the grandstanders who are out there professing their faith and what it means, and how it justifies their discrimination against gays, black, etc. Here's a little more Matthew for ya,
Giving to the Needy
1"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
5"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
In other words, keep to yourself, God sees you, you do not have to profess your deeds in public for all to see, praying in public and making a spectacle in his name angers him and you will get your reward, a one way elevator trip straight down.
I know you hate to hear this, but the Christian bible is not the law of the land. Our founding fathers fought and had seen the result of religous wars that devasted europe from the 1300's to the 1600's. They had seen the result of religous leaders like Oliver Cromwell. That is why the law of this land is the Constitution, not the Christian bible
There is nothing more infuriating than someone who has gone thru discrimination to come out in support of it.
At the news conference, pastor after pastor repeated the idea that homosexuality can't be compared to discrimination on the basis of race.
"Homosexuality is a choice. Race is not," said Steve Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, one of the white ministers who spoke. Gaines said it's an insult to black people to compare the struggle for gay rights with what black people went through.
"I feel deep in my heart that this is a gay agenda," said Rev. Andrew Jackson, the African-American senior pastor with Faith Temple Ministries, a Church of God in Christ congregation in South Memphis. "It has nothing to do with civil rights or equal rights."
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Dems, liberals and progressives nationwide should note in the Ronald Brownstein piece that it is the southern arm of the GOP that is defining the party, and should take advantage of that. But, this does not give us any clues on how dems, liberals and progressives in southern states should/could combat the far-right stranglehold in those states.
Here in TN, the democratic party strategy has been to push forth conservative dems, or put dems that have supported regressive republicans in positions of authority (which failed) or as candidates. And quite honestly, that is not working. It may work in counties that are largely conservative that already have a dem in office. When the dem party pits a relatively conservative dem against an incumbent gop (even against someone this extreme) they will, unfortunately, lose, simply because why would a republican or righty independent vote for a conservative dem when they can vote for the gop? Sounds like a pretty simple explanation, don’t you think? But, for some reason, it seems to escape party officials.
The outcome of continually electing conservative dems clearly shows the dysfunction found in the state democratic party itself, when we look specifically at the state of Tennessee. In short, this strategy belies the mission of the national democratic party, overall.
Exactly what we lefty bloggers around the state have been arguing all along: why aren't you giving Tennesseans a choice???
I think that there is a growing disconnect between Democratic elected officials (especially in rural areas) and their constituents, to the point where the people out there have lost any reason to vote for Democrats because they are always on DEFENSE (or just giving up, as on SJR127) and never advancing a Democratic message (when they can come up with one), which hurts Democrats (ESPECIALLY progressives and liberals) overall.
Right now, House Democrats (and CONGRESSIONAL Democrats, because Tanner, Davis and Gordon could well be redistricted out of jobs) are petrified that they will not be able to get back the state House, and have no role in redistricting after the 2010 elections. If that happens, you can say goodbye to Mike Kernell, Jeannie Richardson, Beverly Marrero, etc, because they will be redistricted out of jobs.
While Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen will be safe in a general election, they will become the outliers in a Gooper-controlled state. Since the GOP cares a lot more about firing up their base than governing, 3rd-world status will get to Tennessee very quickly, and we'll soon replace Mississippi in the "Thank God for" statement. Oh, wait, they have Haley Barbour, so maybe not, but still.
I just want to say these things to the House Democratic Caucus before I meet with them next week (if it's still on):
1. Give voters a reason to vote FOR you, not just because the Goopers are crackpots, show DIFFERENCES.
2. While I understand Shelby County is different from anywhere else in the state (hell, different that ANYWHERE, period), don't automatically discount what we have to say.
3. STOP BEING SCARED OF THE LOCAL PREACHERS! They only have as much power as YOU allow them to have; fight back!
4. Most importantly, GO TALK TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS, and NOT just the ones with whom you're comfortable. Newscoma pointed out how local bar owners in Hooterville were never contacted about the guns-in-bars bill, and they are PISSED. (Maddox, get off your ass!)
Ok, that's enough rabble-rousing for today, carry on!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Six weeks or so ago, my wife took our 3.75 year old son Jack to the doctor for an eye infection. While there, she mentioned that he had been getting cross eyed a lot randomly. Since both of us have near sightedness, the doc recommended we go to an opthamologist to have it diagnosed because it could be lazy eye, weak muscle, the usual stuff.
While there the doctor noticed a spot behind his eye called a lisch nodule. Wanting to ensure that it was nothing serious, we scheduled an MRI. They found what the doctor suspected, spots along the optic nerve pathway that are known as gliomas. The diagnosis, Neurofibromatosis-1 (NF-1). He recommended a neurosurgeon who referred us to the people he works with, St Jude.
Quick sidebar, for those of you who have never heard of it, St. Jude is the childrens cancer medical research facility in the world. Founded by Danny Thomas as a thank you to St. Jude who he credited for helping launch his career after praying to him and promising to build something in his name. The hospital is completely free and treats patients from around the world. More information can be found at their website.
We went to St Jude last week for the test workups. The diagnosis was confirmed that he has NF-1. He is a very unusual case in that he has none of the physical characteristics of someone with the disease and is also extremely young for a diagnosis. Before I go further, I want to state this, IT IS NOT CANCER!!!!!!
Once again, its not cancer, yes it can mutate into it, but that is very rare. It is an extremely slow growing tumor though. Sometimes they stop and die on their own without treatment. Sometimes the patient has to have a cycle of chemo (1 yr) to arrest the progression and attempt to kill the tumor because the tumor is along the optic nerve pathway and failure to do so can result in blindness.
Right now for Jack, they are going to wait and see and reevaluate in 2 months. Hopefully, the tumor will die or stop growing on its own, if not, then we'll see. More than likely though, Jack is going to have to have Chemo though at some point. I want to emphasize that it is non life threating, it is not cancer. Could it become so? Yes, but extremely unlikely.
For those you who have wondered why my facebook status was needing drinks last week, and why I was in even for me, a crappy mood for the last 2 weeks, there's your reason. Because I am going to cross post this in multiple places, I want to state this, don't treat Pam and I differently then you did before, no kid gloves. We are adults, just don't be surprised if at times, she gets a little more emotional and I get a little cranky. Heck, treat Jack no differently, keep tossing him in the air as this will not affect him physically for the foreseeable future. Keep needling me and loving her. If you have any questions, hit me on twitter, facebook, or email at jon.c.carroll at gmail dot com.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Bands not Bombs • May 9
2pm-til • Outside at Lifelink Church
1015 S. Cooper • formerly Galloway
Corner of Cooper and Walker
Featuring the music of Two Way Radio, Hope Clayburn, Pezz, Yazoo Shakes, Jeffrey James and the Haul, Bulletproof Vests, While I Breathe I Hope, Groundspeak, Monsieur Jeffrey Evans, the Soul Enforcers, & Jessica Jones.
Over a dozen local bands, food, drink and hundreds of your favorite Memphians. During the day we will have a moonbounce for the youngins and the concert area features shade and grassy areas. So bring a blanket and some sunscreen. Kids under 12 get in FREE. Everyone else $10.
Also featuring the Bikes not Bombs ride.....
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
I did, and since I'm on vacation, I have really optimized it, and I now think Lauren is about to haul me to rehab! Literally, I have had to PULL myself away from this since I downloaded it, except for doing the yardwork yesterday (I beat the rain! YES!!!) .
If you like Twitter, it's awesome. REALLY really awesome. HEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPP!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day for activists seeking equal protection for people in the GLBT community. In Nashville, HB 0335 sponsored by Jeanne Richardson of Memphis is before the House Judiciary Committee, but there’s also something going on right here in Shelby County. County Commissioner Steve Mulroy has introduced anon-discrimination ordinance. Tomorrow is the first reading of the ordinance.
You can read the ordinance here, but essentially the measure provides protections against discrimination for people based on their sexual orientation/gender identity in the County government, by contractors for the county government, and by private employers in the unincorporated areas of Shelby Co.
This ordinance is scheduled to be read for the first time tomorrow. It will have to be read 6 times, 3 in the General Government Committee and 3 in front of the entire County Commission.
Contact your County Commissioners at (901) 545-4301 or via email below, and show your support for this ordinance.
Commissioner Deidre Malone
Commissioner Joyce Avery
Commissioner Mike Ritz
Commissioner George S. Flinn, Jr.
Commissioner Mike Carpenter
Commissioner J. W. Gibson, II
Commissioner Henri E. Brooks
Commissioner James M. Harvey
Commissioner Sidney Chism
Commissioner Joe S. Ford
Commissioner Wyatt Bunker
Commissioner Matt Kuhn
Commissioner Steve Mulroy
Also check out this post at Grand Divisions for more details.