commented on I, Anonymous
Based solely on the content of this rant, I side 100 percent with the family that fired anon. Anon is clearly not good nanny material for many reasons.
commented on Vote No on Seattle School Levy 2
When I heard that some of my Wedgwood neighbors opposed Prop 2, I did my due diligence to search out and read the opposing arguments. I was disappointed to find exactly this kind of argument. You have to wade through specious arguments about mismanagement and unnecessary costs to taxpayers just to find the substance of the argument, which amounts to:
-- do something else; you figure it out
-- I think 650-student schools are too big
-- I am overlooking, ignoring or rejecting SPS's data about enrollment projections, so
Sending in my ballot today with "yes" on both.
commented on Archbishop J. Peter Sartain Is a Bigot
@1, without splitting semantic hairs, yes. That said, there are important distinctions that one can make about whether the origin of the bigotry is a set of unexamined assumptions handed down to the person through tradition (e.g. former Senator Haugen's position prior to her vote for SB6239), or if it is instead a bigotry so fiercely active that it requires the person to rationalize it as something else. Sartain's bigotry is of the latter strain. There is also a third possibility which is not terribly uncommon: stupidity. Clearly Sartain is not an idiot, which makes his strain of bigotry all the more vicious. He is a bad man.
And those are the three possibilities I've observed in the opponents of marriage equality: ordinary and well-meaning people who are steeped in a bigoted tradition; vicious people motivated by baser impulses to dominate and exclude; and deeply stupid people who can't really articulate a coherent thought.
Dec 8, 2012
commented on Who's Marrying the First Gay Couple? Judge Mary Yu
Judge Yu finalized the adoption process for the Meat Weapon family. We often speak well of her when reviewing the photos from that day, one in which she cradles our then 5-month-old daughter. She became a significant part of our family history when she made us a family, and Meat Weapon Jr. still loves the official "adoption bear" judge Yu gave her that day. I'm so glad she'll get this honor, and grateful she's willing to take the first red-eye shift.
Nov 6, 2012
commented on I Called the Top Individual Donors to Reject Gay Marriage to Let Them Explain Their Opposition
Define "hateful." Define "crazy."
Clearly these reasons, like all anti-74 rationalizations, are rooted in anti-gay animus. There's an assumption that homosexuality is deviant rather than within a normal variance of human sexual expression. The change in cultural attitude toward glbt people from "deviant lifestyle choice" to "normal sexual variant" triggers fear and/or loathing in these people. Why? Because their anti-gay prejudice is entrenched.
And yet they are not introspective enough to reflect honestly on their own assumptions and motives. Is that insanity or stupidity? Or both? Or merely an aspect of the human condition?
One problem with correctly identifying these people as "hateful bigots" is that the terminology tends to flatten them into caricatures. Ordinary monsters never live up to our monstrous expectations of them. This is what they look like.