Archive for the ‘Just when you thought it couldn\’t get any worse’ Category

Having a Party

August 3, 2006

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We got to talking over at Michael’s site about a blogger meet-up party. Blue Girl and I have discussed it in the past and I am totally for it. I think we should do it in late October or early November in Chicago. Chicago makes sense because it’s half way for most people, it’s a relatively inexpensive city to fly into and stay in, it’s got great shopping on Michigan Avenue and great views on the Loop, AG can finally lay eyes on Fishstick, perhaps we can get a gender (not that it matters, per se) for Plover and UC can satisfy his food cravings with Giordano’s deep dish or Superdawg. Let us also note that Claire lives there along with a few blogger kids who grew up in that area. There is a blogger amongst us who may be able to work out a deal at one of the Starwood properties. (Help a sista out with some bomb ass W Hotel rates!) AG has powers with Northwest airlines and sometimes on Delta. What do you guys think?

The other alternative is to wait until the spring (everyone can save up) and we can go to a baseball game too. I would also be open to Austin because Jet Blue has taken that market to reduce fares there. That would be great for Res, Midniter and Glenda. However, Butchie will probably not show with his porno pictures and awesome music.

Wouldn’t it be a hoot to really learn just how tall Fulsome is and to know if Pop Star really smokes as much ganja as he claims to? Come on, at least come for the stylin’ of Blue Girl and the sass of AG.

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How Strong Was That Vodka?

July 8, 2006

Because he wanted to “lick him like a kitten”

Disturbing on so many levels.  And I totally suck at putting YouTube stuff up on here.  But hey…it leaves more room for Res to pimp RoD stuff.

African Bishops Disappointed by Episcopal Church’s Failure to Stone, Burn Gays

June 22, 2006

I’m sure that exactly no one, with the possible exception of ++Frank Griswold and +Katharine Jefferts Schori, that the African Bishops are not mollified in the slightest by the actions taken by the General Convention yesterday.

T19 (no, sorry, won’t link to them) reports the following statement from the seemingly omnipresent ++Peter Akinola, this time in his role as the Chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa:

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Real Value of the Minimum Wage

June 22, 2006

 Here’s the real (inflation adjusted) value of the minimum wage (that won’t be raised by our do-nothing Congress) over time:

Here’s how far below the already-ludicrous Federal Poverty Line you are if you’re making minimum wage:

Thanks, Congress!  You’re the BEST!

And now, for some secular chumploafs!

June 21, 2006

We interrupt our live coverage of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church making asses of themselves in order to bring you….

The members of the Unites States Congress making asses of themselves! 

TWICE! 

I actually got a raise last year.  A pretty nice one, too.  Unfortunately, our company health insurance premiums went up so much that the Board of Directors put a cap on health care costs and we now have to pay the difference out of pocket.  It worked out rather neatly that the per-paycheck deduction is about the same as the per-paycheck increase I’d gotten from my raise.  So my pay stayed level, and with inflation, I’m actually making less!  And I’m a technology professional and a salaried manager.

And what about our brave congresscritters?  They themselves have seen over $35,000 in pay increases since the last time they raised the minimum wage in 1997.  Did I mention that their healthcare is free?

I can’t find the quote online, but NPR had one Republican congresstroll actually saying — into a microphone!! — that people should get better, non-minimum-wage jobs.  Stupid poor people, CHOOSING low wage jobs!  Get with the program, losers!
Though I promised a thoroughly secular post, one does have to wonder:  WWJD?

African Bishops: Killing is okay, buttsex not so much.

June 21, 2006

Here’s an interesting article from Thinking Anglicans about the table at which the Bishops of the Episcopal Church hope they’ve bought themselves a seat today:

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Episcopal Church Flip-Flops, Makes Ass of Self

June 21, 2006

Many of you will no doubt be thrilled to learn that today is the last day of the 2006 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. And what a day it’s been….

Yesterday, resolution A161 (which, as amended by the House of Bishops, would have placed moratoria on both the consecration of GLBT bishops and the development or authorization of rites for blessing same-sex unions) was resoundingly defeated by the House of Deputies. The reaction from the House of Bishops makes me wonder if the Presiding Bishop hasn’t already had some sort of back-channel message from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the effect of “no resolution, no invitation to Lambeth”. So they managed to whip up a resolution (B033) originating in the HoB, which reads as follows:

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, that the 75th General Convention receive and embrace The Windsor Report’s invitation to engage in a process of healing and reconciliation; and be it further

Resolved, that this Convention therefore call upon Standing Committees and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion.

Frank Griswold++ (the current Presiding Bishop) presented this text to both houses at a special joint session (called by Bishop Griswold himself). At one point, it looked like the resolution was going to be stopped by procedural maneuvers, and all of the sudden the Presiding Bishop-elect asks to address the Deputies. Since the President of the House of Deputies can invite guests to speak, he extended an invitation to +Katharine, and this is what she said:

“Yesterday afternoon, the bishop of Louisiana spoke eloquently in our House about living in a church with two minds — one church, two minds. As he was speaking, an image was rising in my mind. It is a challenging image.

We have read many stories in the news about conjoined twins — two bodies or parts of body united in one being. …. Some parents have to wrestle with the decision of trying to separate or not trying to separate those twins. They operate with the assumption that it is wrong to attempt to separate those twins unless both can live full lives.

I think we are in a church much like that. this creature, this Body of Christ, is not wholly one and it is not wholly two. The resolution which stands before you is far from adequate. I find the language exceedingly challenging, but my sense is that it’s probably the best we’re going to do today, and at this convention. I am fully committed to the inclusion gay and lesbian Christians in this church. I certainly don’t understand adopting this resolution as slamming the door, and I do think that if you pass this resolution, you have to keep working with all your mind at finding a common mind in this church. I don’t find this an easy thing to say to you, but I think this is the best we’re going to manage at this point in our history.

Thank you.”

Apparently, the deputies agreed.

VOTING BY ORDERS IN THE HOD ON B033
VOTE RESULTS
LAY: yes 77.4 no 21. divided 11 carried

CLERGY: 75.8 yes 24 no divided 10 carried

RESOLUTION B033: CARRIED

I am feeling fairly inarticulate at the moment, so I’ll let Father Jake express just exactly what I’m feeling right now:

“..exercise restraint by not consenting…” How else can this possibly be heard except as a slap in the face to Bishop Robinson and all of our faithful glbt brothers and sisters?

The world was watching to see if at least one segment of the Body of Christ would reject the self-righteous bigotry that they have come to expect from those who call themselves Christians. And we have shown them that we’re not any different from the Falwells and Robertsons that regularly make a mockery of our faith. Most likely many will shrug and say they were not surprised, and then turn to the next page of the Wall Street Journal. We have crawled back into that box the secular world has built for us; a box that is quickly becoming irrelevant in many people’s lives anyway.

I’ll tell you one thing: I will never refer to myself as an Anglican again. We have created a golden calf that is not worthy of our worship, let alone our respect.

Keep in mind that this will not be enough for Anglican bigots like Peter Akinola. TEC is going to continue to be treated like a naughty child who must be disciplined. We have managed to not only compromise our integrity, but have also produced nothing that will be considered acceptable to the Communion. We blinked.

My heart is broken. Beyond that, I am outraged. There must be consequences created for this act of cowardice.

Not much to add to that, except to emphasize and concur with his point: this will not please the conservatives one iota. A quick survey of the popular conservative Anglican blogs shows that they’re already starting to howl and moan. We have sold our birthright for a mess of pottage.

Also, I wonder precisely what “manner of life” means? Does that include having a vagina? Or being divorced? Neither of those currently disqualifies one from the episcopacy in our church, but would disqualify one from the episcopal office in many provinces of the Anglican Communion.

This is yet another example of the Episcopal Church trying to buy peace with the conservatives for the moment at the price of a future of discord. It would have been better to have the courage of our convictions and say to the Communion, “we can’t commit to this because we are not of one mind”. Instead, they’ve put out this “call upon…exercise restraint” nonsense, which will almost certainly be challenged. The Bishops, being more collegial, will probably hold the line. I doubt the Standing Committees of the liberal dioceses will be so compliant, though, and where will that leave us? With the bishops refusing to consecrate those who have been chosen by the people?
My final thought for now is this: although I’m trying to have an open heart about this, it sure looks to me like the new Presiding Bishop-elect’s first act was to give the finger to the gay and lesbian members of her flock so that she can be sure of her place at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s little tea party.

UPDATE: The Archbishop of Canterbury is apparently wasting no time in letting up know just how little we’ve bought for ourselves by compromising our integrity:

Archbishop’s statement at the conclusion of deliberations on the Windsor Report and the Anglican Communion at the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America

Wednesday 21st June 2006

“I am grateful to the Bishops and Deputies of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (USA) for the exceptional seriousness with which they have responded to the request of the Primates of the Anglican Communion that they should address the recommendations of the Windsor Report relating to the tensions arising from the decisions associated with the 74th General Convention in 2003.

“ There is much to appreciate in the hard and devoted work done by General Convention, and before that, by the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, in crafting the resolutions. This and the actions taken today show how strong is their concern to seek reconciliation and conversation with the rest of the Communion.

“ It is not yet clear how far the resolutions passed this week and today represent the adoption by the Episcopal Church of all the proposals set out in the Windsor Report. The wider Communion will therefore need to reflect carefully on the significance of what has been decided before we respond more fully.

“ I am grateful that the JSC of the Primates and ACC has already appointed a small working group to assist this process of reflection and to advise me on these matters in the months leading up to the next Primates’ Meeting.

“ I intend to offer fuller comments on the situation in the next few days. The members of Convention and the whole of the Episcopal Church remain very much in our prayers.”

Insecurity

June 19, 2006

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Taking the lead from Bossy, the following was in a local pape in the “Ask Dog Lady” section:

Dear Dog Lady,

My boyfriend of three months recently got a Golden Retriever puppy. I feel as though he cares about her more than me. In fact, I jokingly said to him that I am second to his dog and he completely agreed with me. I don’t know what to do. I care about him and his puppy a lot. I don’t want to risk losing him. Do I tell him how I fell? Am I overacting?

Diana

Wow, THREE whole months!

My big gay post on the Episcopal Church

June 17, 2006

UPDATE: I’m going to keep this post at the top while the General Convention is considering the resolutions discussed below. For the usual Republic of Dogs fare, scroll on down past this post.

This week, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA is meeting in Columbus, OH. The GC meets every three years to conduct the business of the ECUSA. It is a bicameral legislature, with each diocese represented by its diocesan bishop in the House of Bishops, and by a delegation of four laypersons and four priests (who are elected, though I’m not sure how exactly, slacker that I am) in the House of Deputies. Legislation must pass both houses in identical form (or be “concurred”) to become law within our church. The GC is the highest authority in the Episcopal Church. It elects the Presiding Bishop, it revises the Book of Common Prayer, it sets the budget…and on and on.

Since there’s nothing that the prurient pinheads in the press corps love more than controversies over Teh Gay, you may have heard about one issue that is before GC 2006: a resolution to “apologize for the consecration of an openly gay bishop”, as some droner on NPR phrased it this morning. True to form, the media love to report on something that involves butt-sex and the culture wars, but all the boring details make their little heads hurt. But religion reporting depends on the details, because the context is everything, and the issues are almost never as simple as our national Strategic Reserve of Journalism Majors wish they were. So, here are some details:

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Fun With Searches: Wherein Neddie Jingo Makes Res Publica Laugh So Hard He Cries.

May 23, 2006

Today, someone found this blog by doing a yahoo search for the phrase “become a lesbian you have to” (which – surprise! – leads one to a post by our own Adorable Girlfriend).
As a public service announcement, let me just state for the record that although the official policy of the Republic is to affirm and support becoming a lesbian if you want to, you actually don’t have to.  It’s totally up to you.  Anyway, moving right along.

Apropos of confused and pathetic searches for things you probably really shouldn’t depend on the internet for, check out this post by Neddie Jingo at (conveniently enough) By Neddie Jingo!  You’ll laugh so hard it will hurt.  But it will hurt so good, I assure you.