Dec 1, 2014
commented on What Political Lessons Can Progressives Learn from the Fight for Marriage Equality?
Not sure how translatable the marriage equality movement is to other progressive causes. For one thing, it's not been "the biggest civil rights victory of the new century" unless you conveniently overlook the fact that it began almost 50 years ago, and has been roundly mocked for all but the last five. I quite agree with Junipero that one of the keys to success here was to never give up no matter the odds.
Another factor is the decentralized nature of the LGBT community itself. The only thing that unites gay people is our common experience of oppression. The amazing diversity of the LGBT community is its greatest strength, and that has been effectively harnessed in the ME campaign. This was not an issue that the marquee community groups like HRC embraced at first, no matter how much they'd like to spin it now. It came about because individual gay and lesbian couples sought justice for themselves and told their stories. They made it personal, and understandable.
Oh, and the Internet and social networking had just a *bit* to do with it, too. An often overlooked factor.
Nov 13, 2014
commented on Vote for the Best Worst Tattoo!
I'd draw a distinction between poor subject matter selection and poor execution. If you didn't think through the subject matter, that's too damned bad. You can pay for your own coverup. If the subject matter was thoughtful but the artist was terrible, I have more sympathy. On that basis the Creepy Drag Queen Mother got my vote.
Nov 9, 2014
commented on New Column!
Let me share some advice with you that has gotten me through some pretty troubled times: Don't bogart the joint, my friend.
Nov 4, 2014
commented on The Bowler Hat Is the New Fedora
Um, the hat isn't doing the thinking. It covers the thing that does the thinking, and can be swapped at will
I wear a fedora because my head shape goes best with a wide brim and a short crown. A bowler has a narrow brim, which looks good on some and ridiculous on others. (I also have about 30 other hats including Homburgs, Tricorns, Boaters, and of course a Fez.)
Really, Paul, you have a lot to learn about hats.