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Tue, Jun. 6th, 2006 08:49 am

(Thanks to the HRC for help with the verbiage)
Dear Senator Lieberman,

Throughout American history, the Constitution has been amended to expand and protect the rights and liberties of the American people. It has been amended to abolish slavery, and give women and young people the right to vote. It should not be used to single out some Americans for discrimination. Amending the Constitution is very rare and is only done to address great public policy need. In our Constitution's 218 year history, it was first amended to include the Bill of Rights in 1791. Since then, it has only been amended 17 times.

Further, this amendment would do real harm to same-sex couples and their children, who already do not enjoy the vast majority of benefits and protections that married couples enjoy, such as hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights and health care benefits. There is nothing pro-family about that.

Given the war in Iraq, the corruption in Washington and the economy, this is not what Congress should be focusing on. I urge you to listen to how these discriminatory measures impact real families and oppose any efforts to alter our Constitution. My partner of 3 years, Ludger Viefhues, and I received a Civil Union here in Connecticut in February. We had waited 2 years to be able to obtain some form of civil protection for our union after having entered into a lebenspartnerschaft in Ludger's home country of Germany in 2004. I can't tell you how abandoned I felt by my own country when I was denied this right in my home country but able to partake in the most fundamental of civil rights with my partner in a foreign one.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Kevin J. Bailey
7-year resident of New Haven, CT


Thu, May. 25th, 2006 07:54 am

Today is Towel Day! Carry a towel in memory of Douglas Adams and his fantastic work of fiction, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
(OK I'm not going to carry a towel either, because I'm afraid I'll look like a dork...but it's a fun idea nonetheless.)

Current Music: Der Einsame, D 800 // Wunderlich: Lieder by Fritz Wunderlich, Hubert Giesen (Piano)


Wed, May. 24th, 2006 08:18 am

This has to be seen to be believed:


Current Music: Teach Me Tonight // Kissing Jessica Stein (Soundtrack) by Various Artists


Wed, May. 17th, 2006 06:48 pm

German magazine Der Spiegel has a fantastic English-language survival guide for anglophones heading to Germany to take in some World Cup action.

I say it's just a must-have survival guide for not getting smacked down in Germany any ol' time. Some choice headlines:

Misunderstandings: "Gross" Is a German Word, Too
Take it from a German: How Not to Die on German Roads
The Oompa Loompa Look: Why Are so many Germans Orange?

Read it here: http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,411291,00.html.


Tue, May. 2nd, 2006 08:31 am

When was the last time we had a May day like that, huh?

Even here in little New Haven, many downtown businesses closed up because of the crowded, chaotic streets. Lu and I had a restaurant all to ourselves for dinner last night - was quite nice, actually.


Tue, Apr. 4th, 2006 08:13 am

Can you believe this? I thought it was an April Fool's joke, but you can read the NYTimes article here.
I'm stunned that the Smithsonian feels that it must do this to have the revenue necessary to fund repairs on its buildings. At a recent Congressional hearing one James P. Moran, Democrat from Virginia, suggested that the Institution start charging admission.
This suggestion floored me: If the Smithsonian charged admission for its buildings that would mean I can visit the permanent collections of the National Galleries of Paris for free but would have to pay to see anything at the Smithsonian.
Why can't Congress pony up some extra cash to help repair the buildings? Is it because some poor contractor doing badly-planned work in Iraq is looking for just one more handout?
Sigh...God bless America.

Current Mood: angry angry


Wed, Mar. 15th, 2006 10:08 pm

Lileks comments on computer promotional photos from the 60s and 70s.

If you put an old commercial photograph in front of James Lileks, he will have something very funny to say about it.

"From 1971, the Control Data Cyber 70 Bosom-Goggler, which automatically stares at the secretary’s breasts, freeing up the busy executive so he can stare at her legs. "


Fri, Feb. 24th, 2006 08:13 am

Lu was a very gracious husband and agreed to accompany me to the mall last weekend so we could hunt down a Game Boy Micro for me to use on those long plane and train rides. It was a very interesting hunt in one particular respect: 2 out of three retailers were sold out! (Now, brace yourself for my typical gross oversimplification for drama's sake.)
This means one of two things: either the Micro is much more popular than anyone thought it would be, even more than 6 months after it was released, or Nintendo just isn't shipping as many because they ain't moving. The disbelief on the retailer's faces, though, when they had to tell me they didn't have any in stock was great. I felt like I was hunting for some rare and popular piece of electronics, which is a feeling I rarely get.
We finally found it for an overinflated price at FYE - at least there I had my choice of color...except no anniversary edition. Now that I've had it in my hand for a while I still think this thing is seriously cool. I can't believe that a little handheld device that can play Super Nintendo games exists today that is about half the size of the cartridges that used to hold those games. Ahh...at least there's progress in some areas!


Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 12:11 am

Jesus will survive.


Tue, Feb. 7th, 2006 08:10 am

And remembered how beautiful I thought Girodet's paintings were. That was a lovely exhibit.