Saturday, April 25, 2009

iPhone dominates mobile web traffic

I've been an Apple fan since 1984, the year the Mac 128K came out. I've stayed loyal through a lot of ups and downs and can't help feeling a little satisfied at the way Apple racks up one success after another (iMac, iPod, iLife, MacBook, iPhone, etc.). In another demonstration of how Apple has an influence in the market place beyond its market share, new numbers have come out showing the iPhone and iPod touch accounting for half of the mobile phone web traffic. Not bad for a device that has only been on the market for two years.

Cheney stands alone

Leaving aside the issues of morality, legality and adherence to the United States' treaty obligations, torture is highly unlikely to ever produce actionable intelligence. Former Vice President Dick Cheney continues to argue that torture has been effective but yet another news item contradicts this. So far, Cheney seems to be alone in touting the wonders of torture and never addressing the fundamental moral and legal issues involved. Torture isn't just wrong, it doesn't work. We've allowed our nation's reputation and principals to be compromised and for what? What do we have to show for it?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My gay tax dollars at work, helping to murder gay men in Iraq

Ah Iraq, the nightmare that will never end. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written a letter to the Iraqi Justice Minister protesting the wave of violence (including torture and murder) directed at gay men in that country. But it doesn't stop there. Apparently, the Iraqi government is cracking down on the LGBT community there. Now last I checked, weren't our tax dollars being used to prop up that country's government?

Neff: Homophobes for hookie

Neff: Homophobes for hookie

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A tale from the healthcare crisis front line...

Today's The New York Times carries this article on yet another family thrown into turmoil because of a cancer diagnosis and the ongoing - and yet unresolved - crisis of medical coverage in the United States.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Texas threatens to secede?

OK, the right wing is starting to get downright surreal. I thought Glen Beck and Michele Bachmann were crazy enough. But now the Republican governor of Texas is dropping hints that his state might secede for who knows what reason. Uh, didn't Texas try that once before? It didn't work out too well, did it? Besides, Texas has it pretty good, what with Federal funds used for hurricane prediction and recovery, Federal funds for border patrols and drug interdiction, Federal funds for highway construction, just to name a few. What exactly are they complaining about?

If any state should secede (which no state can, by the way), it should be my own state of New Jersey. In a ranking of the ratio of Federal funds received to Federal taxes paid, New Jersey comes dead last among the fifty states. New Jersey's "return on the tax dollar" is $0.61 while Texas is just below parity. Cry me a river. By the way, among the states with the biggest return on their tax dollar are, you guess it, Alaska (Palin country) and Louisiana (Jindal land). Ah, the irony.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Rick Warren Was Sick ... Or Exhausted ... Or Full Of It

Rick Warren Was Sick ... Or Exhausted ... Or Full Of It

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Teabagging and M4M

Right wingers do provide an endless source of hilarity. Although Obama has proposed reducing marginal tax rates for most Americans in his budget, the wingnuts are sending teabags to members of Congress and staging rallies in a poor imitation of the Boston Tea Party. This has lately been referred to as "teabagging" which I used to think was something quite different indeed (Google it if you don't know).

As if that weren't funny enough, some folks opposed to same-sex civil marriage rights are organizing something called Two Million for Marriage but referred to by the abbreviation "2M4M" which sounds more like a personals ad for a male three-way. Do the right wingers even bother to think at all before coming up with this stuff? Here's Rachel Maddow trying to find a discrete way of poking fun at this latest:

Saturday, April 11, 2009

"We are a family, not strangers"

This statement, repeated often in this ACLU video, synthesizes the very issue all same-sex couples face: that before the law, we are nothing more than strangers to each other no matter how deep and long our relationships. Same-sex couples constitute real families, every bit as real as any other relationship of respect, love and commitment. It's time the government stop discriminating against these relationships.

Republicans predictably seek to overturn same-sex civil marriage in Iowa

It was only a matter of time before Iowa's Republicans would begin the process of rolling back same-sex access to the rights and protections of civil marriage granted in that state by the state supreme court, as reported in The New York Times. A party out of ideas, a party that seems to have only one word its vocabulary ("No"), a party that screams "socialism" at every turn, is a party that continues to target same-sex couples at every opportunity. It's predictable and continued evidence that the Republican Party is intrinsically inimical to the interests of the LGBT community.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Marriage Equality in Vermont!

The Vermont legislature just voted to over-ride the Republican governor's veto of the bill legalizing same-sex civil marriage. The original vote to enact same-sex marriage had already passed the Senate with a veto-proof majority but the House bill had passed originally a few votes shy of such a majority. The vote to over-ride the Republican governor's veto thus means that some members of the House who had voted against marriage equality the first time changed their vote to side with those who are on the correct side of history. To the Republicans and others opposed to equal access to civil marriage, this is yet another sign (last week having been Iowa) that they are on the wrong side of this issue. Now I'm left wondering when New Jersey's legislators will finally do the right thing by people like me.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Iowa's Supreme Court Rule's State Gay-Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Here's the text of the Iowa state Supreme Court's unanimous ruling just released, finding that the state's ban on same-sex civil marriage violates the state's constitution: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/us/20090403iowa-text.pdf . The right-wing nuts will claim legislating from the bench. Whatever. I call it providing equal access to civil protections to all. If it takes the courts to protect aggrieved minorities like same-sex couples because legislatures are too cowardly or bigoted to do so, so be it. Equal rights delayed are equal rights denied. Kudos to the Iowa Supreme Court for doing the right thing.