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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2004-10-06 23:50
Subject: Three unrelated things
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  1. Last night while we were at Costco, the spouse noticed a flyer showing the dates for this year's flu shot clinic. The first one was scheduled for today, between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and, being a firm believer in preventative medicine, I insisted we go during our lunch hour. The line didn't move very fast, many people were grumbling about its slowness, and a few were so upset they bailed out. We, however, are made of sterner stuff and did none of the above. When we got back to the office and I checked my email, I discovered a news summary from the Los Angeles Times. The top story? "Expected Supply of Flu Vaccine for U.S. Abruptly Cut in Half." I'm glad I insisted we go today; there's nothing quite like a shortage to make everyone and their dog want whatever's suddenly in short supply, even if they had no interest in that item before the shortage was announced.

  2. I walked two miles this evening. I felt pretty good afterward, which surprised me as I took what was supposed to be a single night off eleven days ago and this was the first walk I'd been on since.

  3. Yesterday, State District Judge William Morvant ruled that an amendment to the Louisana State Constitution that bans gay marriage is invalid. In response to the ruling, Gene Mills, executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum, expressed his belief that without the amendment, the public will be forced to underwrite the costs of gay relationships, including AIDS. He went on to say that while heterosexual relationships can result in children, "you don't get the equivalent in a homosexual relationship. You get disease."

    That is such an ignorant remark I hardly know where to begin. Has this man never heard of heterosexual transmission of HIV? And what about children being reared in Gay and Lesbian households? Are they so alien to his mindset that they don't even register as children?
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maddiec24
User: maddiec24
Date: 2004-10-07 05:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Stuff like this:

Yesterday, State District Judge William Morvant ruled that an amendment to the Louisana State Constitution that bans gay marriage is invalid. In response to the ruling, Gene Mills, executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum, expressed his belief that without the amendment, the public will be forced to underwrite the costs of gay relationships, including AIDS. He went on to say that while heterosexual relationships can result in children, "you don't get the equivalent in a homosexual relationship. You get disease."

That is such an ignorant remark I hardly no where to begin. Has this man never heard of heterosexual transmission of HIV? And what about children being reared in Gay and Lesbian households? Are they so alien to his mindset that they don't even register as children?

Really pisses me off. I wonder how anyone, in the year 2004, can be so ignorant. Scary thing is, there's lots of people like that in the south. I know, they're everywhere, but especially down here. I saw a political commercial the other day. One candidate was saying his opponent supported gay marriage, and that was why we shouldn't vote for the guy. I'm sitting there thinking, well that was stupid, you just made me *want* to vote for him. Times aren't changing all that fast down here, people.

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Jeff
User: backrubbear
Date: 2004-10-07 09:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I often get the flu vaccine and have generally been pleased to be sick less during the winter. It doesn't look like I'll have that opportunity this year.

As for the morons in Louisiana, I expect to see this back as two separate constitutional amendments. The issue was procedural after all, and that can be "fixed". :-P

As far as "disease", I think you know as well as anyone that stable relationships lower STDs in general, even among the straight population. Remove the possibility of recognized stable gay relationships and what do you get? Duh. :-P

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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2004-10-07 21:30 (UTC)
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I have no doubt Louisana will try again, but I'm hoping that the changes will make it obvious that the ban is intrinsically unfair.
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Jeff
User: backrubbear
Date: 2004-10-08 06:38 (UTC)
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Since when have people cared about fair or not?

Most of these people would probably be happy to see black slavery return.
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