Saturday, August 27, 2005

Telling "Moral" from "Immoral"

Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers of Mayflower Church, Oklahoma City says,

We've heard a lot lately about so-called "moral values" as having swung the election to President Bush. Well, I'm a great believer in moral values, but we need to have a discussion, all over this country, about exactly what constitutes a moral value -- I mean what are we talking about? Because we don't get to make them up as we go along, especially not if we are people of faith. We have an inherited tradition of what is right and wrong, and moral is as moral does.


I'm tired of people thinking that because I'm a Christian, I must be a supporter of President Bush, or that because I favor civil rights and gay rights I must not be a person of faith. I'm tired of people saying that I can't support the troops but oppose the war.

read the whole thing

Friday, August 26, 2005

Order Today!

Writers of the Future, v. XXI is hitting stores even as I type. Pre-order your copy today, and admire my name in lights, or, actually, in the table of contents.

Enjoy the stories, too, while you're at it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pretty and Witty and Gay

DC Black Leader Under Fire For Homophobic Rant

"Sisters making more money than brothers and it’s creating problems in families … that’s one of the reasons many of our women are becoming lesbians."

I have several questions:

  1. How does more economic power than someone else make you gay?
  2. Gay is now apparently defined as "financially independent"?
  3. Don't we all strive to be gay, then?


  1. Does money generally make people gay?
  2. Isn't the Republican Party the one with gobs of money?
  3. Ergo, the Republican Party is gay. I think.

Honestly, I think this 'women earn money = lesbianism' concept is the same kind of prejudiced bullshit people used to say about people whose skin is brown or black -- that they can't handle money or being 'real' citizens like white folk. They're mentally/morally weak or something, and someone has to take care of them. That someone is a plantation owner/master/sponsor/husband, etc., father-figure.

Iraq Marshlands Re-flooding

Water returns to Iraqi marshlands

The marshlands of Iraq, which were drained during the early 1990s, are returning to their original state.
Under Saddam Hussein, the area of marsh was reduced to a tenth of its former size, as the government punished people living there for acts of rebellion.
The latest United Nations data shows that nearly 40% of the area has been restored to its original condition.