Thursday, January 12, 2006

Photo of the Day

Dennis at Mangia #2
Originally uploaded by Rae Wilson.
Dennis, a.k.a. Luke Warmwater, groovin' at the infamous Mangia Italiano, located in the South Grand District in St. Louis.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Preparing for the Hajj?

Once again the religious communities show that policing women's behavior is the only way to go. A woman cannot be bleeding or unaccompanied by a male amongst other god-crazed guidelines that are particular to women who wish to make the holy trek to Mecca. The hajj officially begins on Monday and will bring Muslims from countries all over the world to pay their duty to Allah. Women need to wake up and stop taking this bullshit disguised as religious faith and name these misogynistic acts for what they are- Muslim, Christian, Jewish or otherwise. This is not faith, it is a brutish will to control, and by participating one acknowledges that the dominant body has the right to determine what rights women will and will not have. Does a woman on her period somehow compromise the faith of others? Will she pass on her uncleanliness? Does a woman traveling without the aid of a man threaten her dependency? Or is it just too much of a temptation for a man to take advantage of her? Where in the hajj rituals does it name limitations specific to men- other than their interactions with women? Limit the access to information and you'll have an army of faithful servants blindly following the interpretations of the "words of God". This is no new trick- it's been going on forever. Dubya sure has benefited and he's doesn't think much about Allah. These are simple-minded ideas that have a disproportionate reach and keep us from evolving into better, more equality-driven people. There's not a lot of incentive when it takes away power from some and benefits only half of the world population. If there is to be any change it's up to that half.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Best of the Best of's

My favorite of the Best of lists is from Stay Free Magazine out of Brooklyn.
Check it out here.

Monday, January 02, 2006

A Full Day of Exploiting

All this settling in and job searching has kept me from posting much lately, but don't fret my darlings because all that's about to change. Austin in the winter is my new favorite place with it's 75 degree days and wildly colorful sunsets. While basking in the new year sun I'm debating which hip Austin bar to offer my bartending skills, or more accurately, in which bar do I plead for a job while waiting for some freelance gigs to start rolling in. My question then is, with little knowledge of this city, which is the right bar for me? I'm a little fearful of getting into the wrong place. And by wrong I mean stumbling into the possibly one unhip place in all of Austin that has a washed up redneck or homophobe problem. Suggestions?

In the meantime, what is up with these damn puritans and their sin taxes? Don't know how to elect competent officials? Just impose another sin tax. Need a little boost in the federal budget? Choose any number of sinful activities, i.e. drinking, smoking, gambling, running any business that is somehow related to "sinning", and place yet another special tax on the already numerous reserved for these unholy acts. I'm really quite surprised this civil union/gay marriage issue has escaped the exploits of these chosen-by-god capitalists. The special taxing possibilities are endless when it comes to the queers. Just look at the licensing needs for the street fairs, dance clubs and and sex shops. Corporate America has not missed this opportunity to make a buck with prurient advertising and Bud Light sponsored Gay Pride events. For fuck's sake, there's a cable channel devoted to everything gay and lesbian and the corporate ad space that loves their queer money! Why on god's green capitalist earth would this opportunity be overlooked by the U.S. government? If full and equal rights are going to be denied on the basis that it is not justified in the eyes of some mythical man in the sky, then why not create special taxes to be placed on queer events, companies that appeal to a specifically queer audience, businesses that choose to employ one of these aberrant semi-citizens. I'm just saying that under the present standard it seems odd to write this part of the population out of the constitution with all the hoopla (hoopla=PR=$$) and not make a few bucks on the way. Government isn't about to give up the revenue from alcohol sales and return to the Prohibition Act even if at one time the god standard was even farther to the right. Can we not be equally sin taxed as well? Who was nodding off in the special taxes meeting?