September 7th, 2005

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Gay Marriage in California

In a historic moment for California, both branches of its legislature have passed the gay marriage bill. All eyes are on our fiscally conservative, socially liberal Republican governor as we wait to find out if he will veto or sign the bill.

Go ahead, make our day. You know you want to sign it! Do the right thing!

In news coverage last night I saw my friends Randa and Adreanna as they got married in SF at City Hall!

We live in exciting times, sometimes good, sometimes bad. That was one of the best moments. Their grandchildren will be watching the video clip and seeing the marriage license as they talk about how their Grandmas made history.
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Glad I live in a democracy

Imagine, for a moment, that the events of this last week had unfolded in a monarchy.

Imagine how you might feel if you knew that the government we have right now would be the government we would have for the rest of George Bush's natural life. And then one of his daughters might take the throne next.

Scary thought, isn't it?

Fortunately, this is a democracy and we only have a little over 1, 230 days left of this moron's presidency.

Today I was reading more about how FEMA has changed for the worse--and by design--during the Bush years. Once a cabinet level position, FEMA has been demoted and subsumed by "Homeland Security" and its ties to local communities and states have been deliberately eroded. Once it engaged in disaster planning with the people it might someday help, so that in times of disaster no signals got crossed and federal resources and resources from other states and the private sector could be targeted immediately where they were needed.

Instead, during and after Katrina, help was prevented from getting to local communities and in fact they were forbidden to accept certain offers of help!

How many people died because of these changes in an organization that worked very well during the disasters of the 90s?

I understand the attraction of a belief in Hell. Right now I'd love to be sure that someone was going to suffer for this, in direct proportion to all the suffering caused in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and New Orleans itself. But I don't know that for sure.

But I do strongly suggest that we don't let the party responsible for gutting FEMA back in charge for a long, long time, if at all.