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Thursday, August 16, 2007
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Brooke Astor, the civic leader, philanthropist and high society fixture who gave away nearly $200 million to support New York City's great cultural institutions and a host of humbler projects, died Monday. She was 105.
Go here to read the rest of her obit.
Posted by Bo at 6:56 PM
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Within the last several years, it has become particularly known that certain faith-based organizations have deep ties to right-wing politics. Organizations such as Exodus International and efforts by some vocal conservative evangelicals have revealed an underlying theme: being gay is both bad for America and good for the Republican party. It is good because it can gather support from religious organizations who have duped into believing that there is a gay agenda out there wanting to molest America's children while entrancing them into a deviate and deathly lifestyle. As a response, if you elect a good and faithful Republican (just not this one or this one), then they promise that such a dastardly thing won't happen.
Unfortunately for many Republicans, gay and lesbian Americans are responding against such a political scapegoating. And, so are many straight Americans. But this post is about the gay and lesbian folk who are voting in opposition to the evil strategy and association between misguided evangelicals and the politicians who are using them.
A study this spring by San Francisco-based Community Marketing Inc. found that an eye-popping 92.5% of gay men reported that they voted in the 2004 presidential race, and almost 84% said they cast ballots in the 2006 midterm election. Among lesbians, the results were almost as impressive; nearly 91% said they voted in 2004; for the midterm, the figure was 78%.
By comparison, the Washington-based Committee for the Study of the American Electorate put the turnout for all Americans eligible to vote at about 61% in 2004 and roughly 40% in 2006.Thanks to Queerty for this post.
Posted by Bo at 12:07 PM
Monday, August 06, 2007
Over the weekend, Friday and Saturday, I have been dealing with a truck that has gone Ka-put! My truck, actually an SUV but saying SUV sounds so suburbanite-ish- my truck cracked a cylinder, a head gasket, and probably damaged a whole lot more. As one mechanic has explained, "Rev. Bo, you're going to have to make a major decision: fix the truck or junk it. And I don't recommend the former."
So I am having another mechanic look at it to see if the cost of fixing it will outweigh the cost of simply getting something newer. I have no idea at this point.
What I do know, however, I learned some valuable lessons this past weekend.
For starters, there is a difference between overheated smoke from your truck and an actual fire. I learned that by calling 911 and saying, "Help my truck is on fire!!!" The NYC emergency 911 service responded by sending 6 fire trucks to my location (4 at one time, 2 more later on). They were furious when they discovered that I didn't know the different between white bellowing smoke and red hot fire.
I also learned what poison ivy looks like. Because my truck had no water left in the radiator (I thought that was my only problem), I had to hike through a dangerous park late at night to purchase a gallon of water. Surrounding many places that I had to crawl over was poison ivy. I now have it on me.
I also learned that even if you can get your truck started again after it's overheated, it isn't a good thing to drive. I drove it further before it stalled again. Later, when I finally got the truck back to NJ, I learned that because I continued to drive it, the heat of the engine melted some very important parts on my engine and may have made the problem 100% worse.
I learned that having AAA can be a lifesaver in tow-truck expenses. I learned this because I don't have AAA and have had to pay through my nose. I still have to have it towed again and it'll be very expensive again.
All and all, I doubt my life lessons are far from over. I still have to get a second opinion and I still have to determine what my future driving will look like. Please pray for me as I make important decisions as well as pray for those who will be helping me discern those decisions (e.g., the mechanics).
Posted by Bo at 3:24 PM