27 August 2012

Gay Marriage

Cardinal O'Brian is bringing in the big guns. He's setting the Holy Ghost on the Scottish Gov't for daring to contemplate the 'grotesque subversion' that is gay marriage....."pray for our elected leaders, invoking the Holy Spirit on them, that they may be moved to safeguard marriage as it has always been understood, for the good of Scotland and of our society".

What's the matter with them?  Do they think the love between same sex couples is going to make the sky fall?  Do they think that such love is worth less (worthless?) - than that between a man and a women.  Are they just frightened? A lot of people are frightened by it, or just feel put off by the 'yuck' factor. Get over it. Maybe it's because they are just determined to defend the institution as something that was created by or belongs to them.  It's way way older than that. Still, that would explain their constant bleeting on about the traditional definition of marriage and their insistance that that definition limits the institution to relations between a man and a woman.
  That betrays a woeful ignorance, (or a deliberate denial), of historical fact. That you can no longer sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means that marriage has already been re-defined, not to mention all the other alterations and re-definitions the religious have made in order to mold, shape and regulate human relationships over the centuries.

What gives them license to do this?  Why they do.  They give it to themselves.  They feel themselves completely entitled to dictate policy formation to ministers.  They seem to see nothing wrong in lying to the public with their tales of social doom and gloom should marriage be redefined in this way.  They are despicable and hateful and history will judge them such.

I'll quote my friend Vincent to finish.....

"No, no we shall not debate whether to introduce marriage equality. Debate is for unresolved issues where there are two or more legitimate positions to take - my equality as a human being is not such an issue. It is high time we stopped being civil towards the bigots, stopped crediting them with any shred of intellectual or moral standing and just got on with things. They have no case. They have n
o arguments. They have no leg to stand on. And their position is based entirely on ignorance, hatred, traditionalism and religion. Debating with them is not merely a waste of time, it is highly offensive. The mere suggestion that their views deserve admission to our social and political dialogue is a slap in the face for all the LGBT people in our society - it is nothing less than saying that our equality is conditional and must be wrangled over, where that of straight people is inviolable and taken as a given.

No, we shall not play that game."

24 August 2012


A number of my women friends online have been called gender traitors over the last year or so.  One was sent a tweet yesterday inviting her to kill herself. What does it mean? The word traitor means to betray a trust or a cause or a principle or, apparently, a gender. 

Allegiance to, whatever it is - a country, a cause, a friend, is taken as a given, unquestionable, invioble; any deviation from the expected loyalty is seen as  unthinkable, as incomprehensible, as traitorous, and deserving of punishment.

So, what does the term 'gender traitor' mean?
Obviously, it means that you have somehow betrayed women, as women. How have you done that? 

Some aliens arrive at earth in an elevator. They stop short of the ground floor....just in case. They observe that the planet is dominated by a single species who reproduce sexually. This is interesting to them, because they don't.  They observe that natural and sexual selection has produced marked physical and psychological differences in the make up of each sex. They observe that having, (so far), successfully negotiated the survival imperative, the species has advanced to form complex cultures with a notable degree of variance.  They also note that a feature of this rapid cultural development includes a considerable increase in tension between the two sexes of the species, different factions of which seem to concentrate on hating one another.

'They must have radically different interests,' thinks the alien anthropologist.

'Beyond survival,' says the capt 'most species take what they can get...we're no different, we just don't have the complication of sex, whereas their biology produces obvious conflicts of interest.'

'Do you mean that each sex somehow sees itself as a victim of the other in this conflict?'

'Exactly so....so, what they need, (instead of beating the shit out of each other), is something sufficiently threatening to their survival to unite them.'

'Let's invade then.'

'Righteeoh. Fancy a coffee?'

04 August 2012


The ducks narrowly missed out on the Gold Medal as they got confused and started playing hide n seek.

a pile of pictures


Consternation in the British team as they watch the Russians pull of a flawless triple beak spin with double comb rotation and perfect wattle synchronisation on the high perch to win gold.