Since y’all seemed to like that previous post, here are some photos from the 1984 bash:
Since y’all seemed to like that previous post, here are some photos from the 1984 bash:
…or Tucson, or or any fucking place where it doesn’t snow.
I’m ready to go back to 115 degree summer weather. At least in Phoenix you know when it begins and ends. In Denver, the weather is absolutely bipolar, and you never know when winter’s going to end. Last year it lasted through May. It was 60℉ earlier this week. It will warm up again over the next couple days only to have snow again next Thursday. I’m sick of it.
Tempe, Arizona – August 1983
I had to laugh when I realized these photos had that “vintage” color, because I’M NOT THAT OLD!
Old news, but still delicious:
Five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn’t owe a dime on their home.
The couple said they paid cash for the house.
The case went to court and the homeowners were able to prove they didn’t owe Bank of America anything on the house. In fact, it was proven that the couple never even had a mortgage bill to pay.
A Collier County Judge agreed and after the hearing, Bank of America was ordered, by the court to pay the legal fees of the homeowners’, Maurenn Nyergers and her husband.
The Judge said the bank wrongfully tried to foreclose on the Nyergers’ house.
So, how did it end with bank being foreclosed on? After more than 5 months of the judge’s ruling, the bank still hadn’t paid the legal fees, and the homeowner’s attorney did exactly what the bank tried to do to the homeowners. He seized the bank’s assets.
“They’ve ignored our calls, ignored our letters, legally this is the next step to get my clients compensated, ” attorney Todd Allen told CBS.
Sheriff’s deputies, movers, and the Nyergers’ attorney went to the bank and foreclosed on it. The attorney gave instructions to to remove desks, computers, copiers, filing cabinets and any cash in the teller’s drawers.
After about an hour of being locked out of the bank, the bank manager handed the attorney a check for the legal fees.
“As a foreclosure defense attorney this is sweet justice,” said Allen.
“Here’s a suggestion for all the hatey, butt-sore, anti-gay bakers in Arizona: start an organization—The Arizona Association of Homophobic Bakers—and publicly identify yourselves as homophobic bakers. Put up a website with a list of bakeries that don’t want to do business with LGBT people. Put signs in your windows that clearly state that gay and lesbian customers are not welcome and will be turned away. As Anderson Cooper pointed out earlier this week, gays and lesbians are not covered by existing anti-discrimination law in Arizona. So it’s perfectly legal right now for bakers—and florists and caterers and photographers—to discriminate against LGBT customers. Discriminating against LGBT people was legal in Arizona before Jan Brewer vetoed the turn-away-the-gays bill, and it remains legal after her veto. So homophobic bakers who identify themselves as haters and bigots run no legal risk. They can’t be sued by the individual gay people they discriminate against and the authorities can’t fine ‘em or shut ‘em down. Don’t want gay customers? Great. Let us know who you are. Put up a list online, hang signs in your windows, and we will take our business elsewhere.” - Dan Savage, writing for the Stranger.
Tonight I thought I’d install Windows via Bootcamp onto my Mac so I wouldn’t have to bring that stupid HP laptop home from work on the rare occasions I needed to.
What a mistake that was.
Yeah, it installed easily enough, and surprisingly, it actually worked. That is, it worked until I downloaded 135 software updates and after rebooting, the network adapter disappeared.
It’s shit like this that caused my initial move to Apple back in 2009.
Fuck you, Microsoft. Windows will never be installed on anything I own ever again.
…is just one of many reasons I love Apple.
CEO Tim Cook said Friday at the company’s annual shareholder meeting that there is no room at the table for climate deniers.
The National Center for Public Policy Research, a D.C.based conservative think thank, arrived at the meeting demanding that the board not pursue any environmental initiatives that hurt the company’s bottom line. The group’s proposal would have required Apple to disclose the costs of such initiatives and to be more transparent about its relationship with “certain trade associations and business organizations promoting the amorphous concept of environmental sustainability.”
Cook’s response to this squawking was priceless: “We do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive,” and reiterated Steve Jobs’ founding vision for Apple: “We want to leave the world better than we found it.”
And if the NCPPR wasn’t unhappy enough with that, he went on, saying they could just leave. “If you want me to do things only for [return on investment] reasons,” he said, “you should get out of this stock.”
Needless to say, the NCPPR did not take the rejection well, throwing a tantrum by tossing themselves on the floor, stomping their feet and threatening to hold their breath until they turned blue…like typical toddlers.
Ben and I have suffered through entirely too much death during the past twelve months.
2014 was supposed to be better.
Or just him.
I dated this one back in the day—about a year after these photos were taken for his spread in MEN magazine. We even lived together briefly. Very briefly. About three weeks after he moved in with me, he met some floozy at The Midnight Sun and became as smitten with John as I had been with him. He moved out shortly thereafter, and while I ran into him occasionally around town during the months that followed, we never spoke again. When I run across his pictures on the internet like I did here, I wonder whatever ultimately became of him.
He has such a common name that even in our internet-connected age it would be all but impossible to track him down—not that I have any desire to.
And just in case you don’t believe me…
These were taken on Mt. Tamalpais shortly after we met and before he moved in and the ensuing drama occurred. I don’t remember much about this particular outing other than I was sick as a dog—but wasn’t going to let that get in the way of me spending time with him.
“Justin Banks” (not his real name) is just one of several personal Tales of the City…
Maybe one of these days I’ll share them all.
Stolen, but reflects my own feelings to the letter:
Okay, so iOS 7.0.6 happened – the short version is that Apple broke SSL. Oops. Oh well, it happens, apply the patch yadda yadda yadda.
What didn’t happen was the corresponding OS X patch. At least not yet.
WHAT THE EVER LOVING F**K, APPLE??!?!! Did you seriously just use one of your platforms to drop an SSL 0day on your other platform? As I sit here on my mac I’m vulnerable to this and there’s nothing I can do, because you couldn’t release a patch for both platforms at the same time? You do know there’s a bunch of live, working exploits for this out in the wild right now, right? Your advisory is entirely focussed on iOS so we know nothing of OS X yet (other than the fact that the exploits work) – could you tell us what in OS X is vulnerable? Is mail.app vulnerable? Should I be worried about malicious SSL/TLS mailservers? How about your update system itself – is that vulnerable?
Come the hell on, Apple. You just dropped an ugly 0day on us and then went home for the weekend – goto fail indeed.
FIX. YOUR. SHIT.
Love and hugs as always,
So Arizona has decided to boldly go where even batshit-crazy Kansas (in a surprising display of self-restraint) feared to tread. Onward Christian soldiers:
PHOENIX — State senators voted Wednesday to let businesses refuse to serve gays based on owners’ “sincerely held” religious beliefs.
The 17-13 vote along party lines, with Republicans in the majority, came after supporters defeated an attempt to extend existing employment laws that bar discrimination based on religion and race to also include sexual orientation. Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, said that’s a separate issue from what he is trying to do.
But Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said that’s precisely the issue.
“The bill opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians,” he said.
Yarbrough, however, said foes of SB 1062 are twisting what his legislation says.
“This bill is not about discrimination,” he said. “It’s about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.”
A similar measure is awaiting a vote in the House, probably later today.
Arizona already has laws which protect individuals and businesses from any state action which substantially interferes with their right to exercise their religion. This bill extends that protection to cover what essentially are private transactions.
The push follows a decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court which said a gay couple could sue a photographer who refused on religious grounds to take pictures of their nuptials. Yarbrough’s legislation would preclude such a ruling here.
But Gallardo said this legislation makes one person’s religious freedom an attack on others.
“We all have the right to our religious beliefs,” he said.
“But I do not agree that we have the right to discriminate because of our religious beliefs,” Gallardo continued. “I do not believe we have to throw our religious beliefs to others that don’t share our same beliefs.”
Sen. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma, said that, issues of discrimination aside, the legislation is bad for business. She feared Arizona state would face the same boycotts it did when former Gov. Evan Mecham rescinded a state holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1980s and after Arizona enacted SB 1070 in 2010, a measure aimed at dealing with illegal immigration which some saw as an attack on Hispanics.
But Yarbrough said foes are missing the point of why the Founding Fathers crafted religious protections in the First Amendment.
“One’s faith, at least in America, extended to the workplace, to the public square and to all aspects of our lives,” he said. And Yarbrough said SB 1062 is “aimed at preventing the rising attempts at discriminating against folks because they are sincere and serious about the free exercise of their religious faith.”
Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu, agreed.
“A person does not lose their First Amendment freedoms when they start a business,” she said. “In America, people are free to live and work according to their faith.”
Foes, however, sought to concentrate on what they said would be more concrete effects of such a law.
Sen. Robert Meza, D-Phoenix, said the measure would allow a hotel operator who believes Mormonism is a cult to refuse to provide rooms to a family who walked in wearing Brigham Young T-shirts, indicating their religion.
Yarbrough did not specifically dispute that. But he said the question of whether such an action would be allowed would be based on whether the government has a “compelling interest” in forbidding such discrimination and whether any laws were the least restrictive necessary.
Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, wondered openly whether SB 1062 would provide new license for people like Warren Jeffs, head of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, to act against those who refuse to follow his edicts.
And Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, said the wording of the measure even would allow those who worship Satan to use their beliefs as a legal shield.
Yarbrough, however, said the First Amendment is broadly crafted for a reason.
“I understand that the freedom of religion can be inconvenient,” he said. “But this is what our Constitution contemplates.”
Unable to block the measure, Gallardo tried what he called a notice requirement for those businesses that want to assert their religious freedom to refuse to serve gays.
“If there is an organization or a business out there that wants to use the defense of religious freedom, I believe that consumers have a right to know,” he said. Yarbrough, however, got the GOP majority to reject the amendment.
Gallardo said opposition to consumer notice is no surprise. Any firm which openly advertises such discrimination would be boycotted and go out of business, he said.
I cannot wait to see the first lawsuit against a Muslim (or any other non-”Christian”) establishment who refuses service to these hateful, bigoted assholes. Then we’ll see how long it lasts.
“Oh, but we meant the law only to apply to Christians!”
This is the problem with these so-called “people of faith.” They can’t see beyond the very limited boundaries of their own particular brand of invisible-friend-in-the-sky. They obviously don’t realize how easily their laws can be turned against them. “But, but, but…!”
Fine. If you want to attach your little Jesus fish to your business, go right ahead. At this point all it’s doing is showing the world what a hateful fuck you are. So don’t be surprised when I (and I dare say, the vast majority of Americans who don’t ascribe to your brand of batshittery) refuse to patronize your business and you’re forced to close. Shut up and play the role of good Christian martyr like you’re supposed to.
And frankly, any state that passes these sort of bullshit laws needs to be boycotted as well.
I mean seriously. This is the twenty-first century, goddamnit. We’re supposed to be going forward, not sliding back into the Middle Ages.
This planet needs an enema.