Archive for December 15th, 2008

The effort for human rights is universal. The desire for human dignity is universal. 

A Gay-Pride Revolution in Hong Kong


Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008

Gay-rights activists form a human chain around a rainbow flag in Hong Kong

Ted Aljibe / AFP / Getty

[There were no drag queens in sexy ensembles with heavy makeup strutting down the streets in platform heels or buff shirtless sailor boys splayed like starfish on moving floats. But Hong Kong’s first official gay-pride parade Saturday was still a colorful gathering; in fact, for a country that rarely acknowledges homosexuality, let alone celebrates it, it was downright revolutionary….]


As the article suggests, homosexuality was not criminalized in Hong Kong until 1901, under the British colonial rule. The country was ceded to The United Kingdom in 1842, under the Treaty of Nanking. Yet they had managed to get along 49 years in Hong Kong, “buggary” and all.

The United Kingdom itself had a time worn tradition of sexual bias laws, extending clear back to 1533 when it passed the Buggary Act. However, 1901 was part of a period of ferment around the world; homosexuality was discussed by Freud, and Ellis, Murray Hall died, raids were conducted and people as well known as Oscar Wilde, had been convicted of gross indecency with men.


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This is interesting timing:

Updated: Grand jury probes generous Richardson donor’s state contract

By HEATH HAUSSAMEN 12/15/08 11:24 AM

[The U.S. attorney’s office has convened a federal grand jury to investigate dealings between the state and a California company that was paid almost $1.5 million for work related to a contract it won around the same time it donated $100,000 to political action committees formed by Gov. Bill Richardson.

The grand jury probe comes after months of investigation by the FBI, whose agents, according to Bloomberg.com, have asked “current and former officials” from the New Mexico Finance Authority if any staffers in the governor’s office influenced the hiring of CDR Financial Products Inc. in 2004. The grand jury investigation was first reported today by Bloomberg….]


Murphy, over at PUMA ,wrote about it HERE.

I want to know how all these years of investigations are just now strong enough to bring to the light! I want to know why and who, of this mess. I don’t like the idea that the public is being managed. We all knew the Blagojevich thing was coming, yet we had to wait till just before the Guv was going to appoint a senator. Now, that act may have weakened the case against him because he didn’t actually appoint anyone? 

This all smacks of the sadly deficent period of our political life in the Clinton years, where the right wing rabid bats ruled by innuendo and accusation. Are they still? Let’s find out.

On the other hand, there is this: Audit, Audit, Audit! PUMAs can do something!

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No texting! Just last year, the new California law went into effect prohibiting us from talking on our cell phones and driving concomitantly. We drove over the border, from Reno in July, on the day the last law went into effect, CHP’s were everywhere and had lines of people pulled over. However, had CA forgotten to include all those obsessive texters in that law.The state has now corrected that oversight. So, be prepared as you are driving across state lines for New Years. 


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