Monday, June 27, 2016

Who To Vote For

You can really understand people doing a donkey vote, because people want an election, any election, where they can, actually, believe anything any of the canditates say, from any party. People want what the politicians say to actually happen. (No GST, never ever. No cuts to health, education, no change to pensions, no cuts to the ABC or SBS, no change to Medicare, so said the lying Liberals) But, people now believe that this kind of thinking is from some alternate reality somewhere. I would not blame anyone for voting donkey, I see it as an acceptable alternative. In fact, a part of me admires them for doing it. Donkey votes are counted too and it does send a message. So, if that is how you feel, go right a head. However, to vote donkey you have to have gone to the polling booth, so if you have got that far, that's the hard bit. The next bit is easy, scratch a few numbers on the bits of paper provided. And you never know, your vote may count for something.

As long as you put the Liberals last, it doesn't matter who you vote for.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Get Out Of The Way, Haters

I know it was Pride, however, a policeman today can break ranks with his colleagues and propose to his boyfriend and have everyone applaud and congratulate him. You see haters and conservatives, our position is only going to get stronger year by year from here. The gay pride/force/acceptance is now unstoppable. So get on board, or get out of our fucking way. It is that simple.

I like Footscray

We drove to Footscray and ate Vietnamese lunch in the main street opposite the market. I like Footscray, it is like Fitzroy when I first moved to Fitzroy, before Fitzroy got respectable, before Fitzroy was over run by apartment living wannabies who think they have discovered some great new suburb for the first time, never really understanding that their very presence is changing what Fitzroy used to be, watering down its essence and turning it beiger and beiger with each new arrival. Aren’t we lucky we’ve got thousands of new apartments and a world class ice cream shop. What the new arrivals and the tourists never see are all the amazing, eclectic, interesting people who have left. The things you lose. I grew up in Camberwell, but moved away when I could, not wanting to spend the rest of my life there and now Camberwell is coming to Fitzroy.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Equal Love Caped Crusaders

Some people say that I don't have a right to stand up for marriage equality because I don't want to get married myself. Some of the bigoted, conservative, christian, haters seem to think this is a valid thing to say. But I stand in solidarity with my gay brothers and sisters who do want to get married. It should be everybody's right to chose, that is the point.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bananas and Bulldogs

Word of warning. You may think it is great to teach your bulldog to eat banana. Junior loves them. You know, a diverse diet is good for them. They should eat an extensive range of food. Bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin and copper. Bananas are low in sodium and cholesterol, but due to the sugar content in bananas, dogs should only eat them as a treat, and not as a regular part of their diets.

All good. What they don't tell you, that you will never be able to eat a banana again in peace without 25 kilos of bulldog launching himself at you with great enthusiasm to get the fruit out of your hand.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

At least I am no longer chanting, “God, take me now."

I have 3 different cough linctus, several boxes of pills, an inhaler, a puffer, apple cider vinegar, olive leaf extract, and various other herbal remedies, and yet I still feel like death warmed over. I have drunk so much lemon tea I am in danger of going lesbian, except for the mountain of honey I have dumped in each cup, so I’ll probably just end up hankering for a well coifed wig, cheering myself up with a couple of verses of "I am what I am.” Sounding like Bea Arthur, no doubt. I don’t have a sore throat, although the muscles in my chest are hurting from the constant hooking, nor a, particularly, blocked nose, although the mucus is steady, like treacle from a spoiled molasses bottle. I have a cough that sounds like I have smoked a million cigarettes, which, um, er, come to think of it, I may have. Nervous look. But certainly not any time recently. I sound like an emphysemic hooker, the type that would shake as she does BJ’s at truck stops for a fiver, bent over with me skid-marked undies showing. And yet, I feel better than I did yesterday. I’m spending yet another day in bed, surrounded by a sea of used tissues, with my trusty bulldog side kick. Sam bought me breakfast and coffee and pills and a stern talking to (roll of the eyes, he thinks I should go to the doctor) before he left for work. It is 8am and the sun is shining in through my balcony doors and I am warm and comfortable. At least I am no longer chanting, “God, take me now."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What Happens When You Are Told You Are Second Rate? Or Intrinsically Evil? Or an Abomination? Or Perverted?

People say only in America, often.

I'm assuming some of us are saying it again, with the - what number is it, can anyone keep up? - latest mass shooting in America. The Orlando gay night club shooting.

The politicians are all enthusiastically trying to link it to terrorism because, I am assuming, that is the best political course for them to take. It is a vote winner. (Let's face it, the worst prime minister that Australia has ever seen, Tony Abbott, probably only won office in the last election because he was most effective in tapping into Australian's racism and fear. We stopped the boats, we stopped the boats, he squawked like a demented parrot) And, of course, because anyone with a gun who shoots someone in the year 2016 is naturally called a terrorist, probably an Islamic terrorist. I guess, you may have to shoot 2 people to be called a terrorist, but the point is the same.

Are Muslims terrorists? If you have a section of society that is continually vilified by our politicians for political gain, one can reasonably expect them to react, hit back, respond. Does that make those few reactionaries amongst them terrorists? Or does that just make them pissed off?

So you get some guy, who was, from all accounts, bought up in a devoutly Muslim family, who at the age of 11, 12, 13, whatever, realises he likes the look of his male buddies. And he lives in fear for the next 10 years, or so, because he has been taught that being a poof is an abomination in the eyes of god.

So what does he do?

He marries some girl. He beats his wife because he is frustrated and living a lie. He probably cheats on her with other men, getting his cock sucked down back alleys, the usual story. He leaves her and finds a new wife, he has kids and he frequents gay bars on the side

Eventually, he loses his mind and he buys a gun and he goes and kills the men who have what he has.

He claims he does it in the name of Allah, (despite his ex-wife saying he had no strong religious beliefs) you know, reverting back to what he has been taught, maybe what is expected of him, possibly what the rest of the world would believe. Is that some last ditch attempt to snatch some sort of respectability out of his final act, to appease his devout father, and to sure up those 72 virgins? (except the virgins he sees are wearing little black shorts and have bare, muscular chests)

So what is to blame? Religion? Society? Homophobia? All three? A society that is homophobic, the flames of which are flamed by outdate religious belief?

In a society that is homophobic, that teaches its members that being gay is second rate, it is easy to imagine how a frightened, lost, mentally unstable soul could take a gun and shoot people.

Is this what gay hate leads to? Someone taking a gun to us? Is this where an unchecked homophobic society goes?

What are all the opponents of marriage equality going to do in the next 6 months to stop marriage equality being passed by the people of this country?

How nasty is it going to get?

That is a no brainer those opposed are going to tell anybody who will listen, what an intrinsically evil condition homosexuality is. That rhetoric is going to be ramped up to levels not seen in this country before. The Christian Lobby has already asked for hate crime legislation to be suspended so they can get their message out there without fear of prosecution. Think about that for a moment? What does the Christian lobby intend to say that would warrant the hate crime legislation to be suspended?

The hate is going to be ramped up, by the good people of the right. Gay people all over Australia are going to feel the pain. And, it is quite possible that those having problems on the fringes of gay world could feel really isolated and denigrated and oppressed and those already struggling with mental illness could quite possibly be driven to do something really horrible.

The coming plebiscite on gay marriage could potentially lead to such a shooting here too.