Roger Water’s Agit-Art

Musician Roger Waters has stepped out behind the artist’s wall and dropped a really big piece of pro-peace agit-art on Los Angeles and New York.  With  the font from groundbreaking album and film The Wall, Waters created this image using a quote from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, btw.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

The image is being propogated with vivid graphic projections, wheat pastings and chalk drawings.  Those in New York and Los angeles can find them here, and if you live elsewhere, why don;t you make your own?

New York – projection and wheat pastings

Friday, April 30 – 9pm-2am EST

Broadway & Houston

Saturday, May 1 – 9pm-2am EST

Stuyvesant St. & 3rd Ave.

Los Angeles – projection and wheat pastings

Friday, April 30 – 9pm-2am PST

9957 S. La Cienega Blvd.

Saturday, May 1 – 9pm-2am PST

912 S. Broadway

Do I Look Illegal? Maybe….

DoILookIllegal.com pokes fun at Arizona’s show-me-your papers 1070 law, which basically says that anybody who “looks” foreign would have to produce proof of citizenship or proof of a return ticket home. What do Canadians look like?

DoILookIllegal.com   gives you the option to upload a photo of yourself, your pet, your dead war hero uncle and give them a lucha mask. You can then add that picture to your Facebook profile and tweet about it.

So NOT Funny

When groups on Facebook pop up wishing physical harm on politicians it kinda reflects badly on the political views of the creator and joiners. And disclaimers aside, wanting to hit anyone in the face, and encouraging violence against a woman isn’t cool.  Expressions of disgust, anger and frustration can be better expressed using other terms. People got all hot and bothered when a group was set up praying for our President’s death, and frankly I’m equally as appalled at this one.

May Day! May Day! In DC, Freaky Fundies, Congressmen Will Pray to Lift America’s “Curse”

May Day holds a variety meanings, depending on one’s religion, or lack thereof. For pagans it’s Beltane, the first day of summer, the mid point of the year. Celebrations begin on Walpurgisnacht, April 30 with bonfires and frolicking into the morning, followed by picnics and dances around the May Pole as well as Morris dances, the latter practices still seen today in more secular settings.

Around the world, May 1st is celebrated as International Workers’ Day, which began in the United States to commemorate the eight hour working day and the Haymarket Riots. It’s a day to march in solidarity, to celebrate decent working conditions, and demonstrate for equal rights and living wages for all.

Well, now a group is celebrating May Day as “A Cry to God for a Nation in Distress” and has called for members of the religious right to

gather at the steps below the Lincoln Memorial to beg God to forgive America for having elected wicked leaders like President Obama.

Wicked? Okay the President has broken some promises and isn’t living up to our hopes, but “wicked”? That’s kinda pushing it. I think by wicked, these people mean “Democrat.” Oh and the organizers believe that America is cursed for having “made the choice of death” by electing President Obama.  Somehow I don’t think these people mean deaths of our troops and of Afghan women in taxicabs, either.

The prayer group on the National Mall will be joined in spirit by a dozen or so churches from Guam to Wisconsin and New York, while believers can also join in by watching GODTV or the live feed courtesy of of the American Family Association.

RightWingWatch reports that five members of Congress

Randy “Pray Against Health Care” Forbes (Virginia), Trent “Obama is an enemy of humanity” Franks (Arizona), Louie “Hate Crimes Act is a Pedophile Protection Act” Gohmert (Texas), and Steve “Know Your Enemies” King (Iowa)

are on the organizing committee and will be joining right wing religious leaders in casting out demons from the aspects of modern life  called “The Seven Mountains”: (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion.

After casting out the demons, prayers are offered so that good Christians–i.e. this specifically “apostolic,” fundamentalist branch of Christianity–can take dominion over those parts of modern life and impose their (narrow) ideological views, thus the name “Dominionist Christianity.” RRW concisely explains:

May Day 2010 has been organized around the “Seven Mountains” theology, which advocates the complete takeover of every aspect of contemporary culture by modern day “apostles” of Christ. The theology is rooted in the belief that Christians are meant to have dominion over literally everything and is focused on spiritually “invading” seven specific facets of modern life in order to wrest control away from Satan and his demonic spirits so that Christians can put them to use in bringing about God’s kingdom on Earth.

The event was organized by Janet Porter–an activist of  the Religious Right stripe and  a conspiracy theory-promoting radio host–who is a member of presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s inner cabal. Whew, we kinda dodged a bullet by not electing Huckabee, huh? Along with religious leaders, members of the organizing committee include

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Concerned Women for America’s Wendy Wright, as well as “historian” David Barton and more minor-league players like Vision America’s Rick Scarborough and Reclaiming America for Christ’s Rev. Paul Blair. It includes leaders of anti-gay groups and campaigns, like Pete LaBarbera and Prop. 8 leader and Gingrich acolyte Jim Garlow.

The complete list of organizers, along with a nifty tee-shirt order form and discount tours to Washington DC for the event, can be found on the May Day 2010 website.

Here’s some of the stuff on the prayer agenda:

  • Repent for how we have turned from God in Congress and our legislatures — Invite God to direct our lawmaking.
  • Repent for how we have turned from God in our military — Invite God in every area from prayer in Jesus’ name to our military strategies and defense.
  • Repent for how the media has turned its backs on God and the truth.
  • Repent for how they have become activists for evil.
  • Invite God back into the media to guide and direct reporting in a truthful way.
  • Okay, this is seriously nuts! Good for them that they are holding a rally.  Lots of Americans are all for religious freedom, meaning we’re free to practice–or not practice all–any religion we choose; but somehow, I don’t think these folks are really have that sort of religious freedom in mind.

    The only thing that differentiates between these Dominionist wingnuts and oh say hardline, frothing, head-chopping-off  fundamentalists of any other religion–aside from a few minor theological points–that we (currently) have the Constitution keeping fundamentalists from turning America into an intolerant, bigoted, hating-everybody-else, believe-what-we-say-or-else theocracy.

    And wait, there are members of Congress involved in this! WTF? What if five members of Congress went to a rally and were part of a prayer group–let alone were on the organizing committee–praying for the Goddess to be present in our government and the media, asking for America to pray in the name of Cthulhu for the safety of our troops, or participating in a Buddhist meditation event for world peace…

    The End is Near! Greg Kennear as JFK, Katie Holmes as Jackie:

    Dear Gods, wtf? Greg Kinnear as JFK, Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy. An eight-part mini-series. On the History Channel.

    Those who have seen the script said that it is full of factual errors and character assassination, brought to you by Joel Surnow, a creator and executive producer of 24, the man behind the “torture is okay” plot arc.

    The production team behind The Kennedys say the script is being rewritten and that the History Channel requires vetting and bibliographical notes.

    The casting of Holmes (Mrs. Tom Cruise) and rom-com veteran Kinnear marks their onscreen reunion: The duo played opposite each other a decade ago in The Gift. His character murders hers. That was Holmes’ first topless role.

    Another Mississippi High School Discriminates Against LGBT Student

    photo: amanky

    Copiah County School District in Mississippi cut senior Ceara Sturgis completely out of the Wesson Attendance Center 2010 class yearbook after the senior’s long battle with school officials to include a photo of her wearing a tuxedo. Ceara is lesbian, something that doesn’t bother her classmates:  Fellow students nominated her to be prom queen, though she declined because she was concerned about how the administration would react.

    Despite student support, it’s clear the adults in the Copiah County School District have some problems with  Ceara. The class of 2010 yearbook contains not a single mention or picture of Ceara, despite her achievements and good grades. Ceara’s  name is not even listed.

    Ceara and her mother  Veronica Rodriguez involved the Mississippi ACLU last year when officials decided not to allow Sturgis’ photo to appear in the senior yearbook because she chose to wear a tuxedo instead of a dress. In October, 2009 the ACLU wrote  letter demanding officials use Ceara’s submitted photo in the yearbook, but Copiah County School District officials refused.

    Her mother told the Jackson Free Press:

    It’s like she’s nobody there, even though she’s gone to school there for 12 years. They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she’s one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They’ve got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There’s even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school. I don’t get it. Ceara is a top student. Why would they do this to her?

    Ceara is a lesbian, she stood up for her rights, she involved the ACLU.  Mississippi school officials obviously don’t like these things, as we’ve seen from the Constance McMillen case.

    Minnesota GOP: Fail!

    Minnesota’s Senate District 42 has a poll up asking constituents

    Do you believe in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws?

    Both possible responses are “yes.” Two variations on “yes.” At least they are consistent.

    The screen shot is here.

    Hefner Gives $900K to Save Hollywood Sign Land

    wild bunny/life (photo thehoneybunny)

    Hugh Hefner gave the final $900,000 to save the land around the Hollywood sign which had been bought by what some may call speculators: Chicago developers bought it in 2002 from the Howard Hughes estate for well under the currently selling price of $12.5 million. Originally the developers had asked for $22 million. The land is zoned for four luxury homes.

    Generous gifts and matching funds helped the Trust for Public Land raise nearly $11.5 million and the deadline for the sale was extended. Facebook members participated in fundraising, as did other social networking groups; $100K in funds came in. Aileen Getty and the  Tiffany Foundation who had each given $1 million, joined forces and offered $500K if the gap was closed.

    Enter Hugh Hefner who in 1978 donated money to rebuild the iconic sign

    My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy. As I’ve said before, the Hollywood sign is Hollywood’s Eiffel Tower and I am pleased to help preserve such an important cultural landmark.

    The Cahuenga Peak were the sign rests is appropriately a wildlife corridor.

    UPDATE: DADT Repeal Sit-In: McCain’s Office

    UPDATE

    photo: Luis Garcia

    The Repeal DADT sit-in  sit today at John McCain’s Phoenix office was neither a GetEqual or EAA action. The five people, since arrested–Meg Sneed, Jimmy Gruender, Lee Walters, (Lonnie) Allen Howard-Stidham and Luisa Valdez–are members/founders of the Phoenix-based HERO

    We are a grassroots group of community organizers committed to organizing and motivating the community, planning actions, and fighting for the human, civil and equal rights for ALL.

    More photos from HERO’s action can be found on their Facebook page

    Ameriqueer on Feastoffun.com reports via Twitter

    Apparently the Equality Across America organization, born out of the National Equality March, has been inspired by GetEqual. According to a few sources trickling out of Phoenix, five activists are staging in a sit in at McCain’s office there. Please call to tell McCain’s staff he needs to support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” (602) 952-2410

    I will deliver the news as it comes.

    I tried calling McCain’s office. First the phone was busy, but I did get through. When I asked about the sit-in, I got referred to Brooke Buchanan in McCain’s DC office. Awaiting comment. Will update.

    So Brooke never called back.


    Veteran is Not “It,” “Shim” or “Impersonator”

    Autumn Sandeen is an activist and a journalist, a really cool, smart, funny woman who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at a couple conferences.  She was also one of the six veterans who handcuffed themselves to the White House fence on April 20th to protest Obama’s slacking off on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

    Autumn is a retired, disabled Fire Controlman, First Class Petty Officer who served in the Navy for twenty years. She is a Persian Gulf War Veteran who served on board the USS Gary (FFG-51) as a Close-In Weapons System technician during that war, and on board the USS Coronado when they received a Unit Commendation. Autumn was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal and a Gold Star for her service at Naval Station Long Beach’s Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity.

    Her military ID from the United States Uniformed Services  and the Department of Veteran Affairs state Autumn’s name as Autumn Violet Sandeen. Autumn is transgendered.

    When she and her fellow protesters where arrested, Autumn explained to the arresting officers that she is transgendered and is female identified. At first the identification bracelet she was given said female, but was later switched to male at the DC Superior Courthouse where United States Marshals referred to Autumn as “an impersonator,” and one female marshal said:

    Did you see it? The nerve of it to be wearing a Navy uniform. Did you see the shim in the Navy Uniform?

    WTF? Impersonator? It? Shim? How dare they! The use of those terms is the same as using racial and other hate-based slurs.

    That representatives of the United States government would use such bigoted, offensive terms is a painful disgrace. This behavior towards Autumn–towards anyone who is a minority–makes me ashamed of my government’s sworn officers, of their ignorance, of their stupidity.

    Autumn’s fully detailed story is at Pam’s House Blend:

    President Obama, I remember the words you spoke so clearly years ago when asked about whether you supported transgender inclusion in the Matthew Shepard Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:

    “Absolutely. The transgendered community has to be protected. I just don’t have any tolerance for that sort of intolerance. And I think we need to legislate aggressively to protect them.”

    Well, Mr. President, you have a task ahead of you, because intolerance is right in your backyard at the DC Courthouse, wearing the badges of the US Marshals.

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