October 2nd, 2006

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Rights for All

There's a "support gay rights" meme that is going around, and apparently somewhat of a backlash. kshandra's journal led me to this wonderful post by filkertom. I'd highly recommend reading the full post, but I'll include the same excerpt she did:

People have been killed because they are gay. They are not always protected by hate-crime laws.

People are denied jobs because they are gay. They are denied marriage, adoption privileges, health insurance including their chosen life partners, legal cojoining (such as joint property rights and inheritance) with those life partners. Oh, and they are regarded by many as nasty and perverted and disgusting.

And the only difference between them and other people is, they prefer romantic and sexual partners of the same gender rather than the opposite.

And some people are freaked out by that. Their own experience is that such things don't happen, shouldn't happen. They've been told that, by other people who believe as they do, who fear as they do. And, because they internally (perhaps not even consciously) dehumanize gay people, they want to stamp them out, as abominations before their Lord.

That is why there is a constant struggle for "gay rights".

I have seen huge strides forward on this during my lifetime, as well as several giant steps back. I continue to live, hope and (on the rare occasions I get up off my fat ass) fight for the simple right to live of all people. I have hope that by the time I die, no-one will understand the concept of gay rights, or women's rights, or black rights, because no-one will think of those groups as a separate entity.
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Earth

Attention U.S. Military Personnel

Not that I know of any that read this journal - but I'm passing this on from spondee's journal, in the hopes that it gets disseminated.

This originally appeared in the Making Light blog. If you repost it, please repost it in full, and include a link back to that blog.

You are not required to obey an unlawful order.

You are required to disobey an unlawful order.

You swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The Constitution states (Article VI):

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

Here is article 3, the common article, to the Geneva Conventions, a duly ratified treaty made under the authority of the United States:

Article 3

In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:

1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) Taking of hostages;

(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;

(d) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

2. The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.

An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.

The Parties to the conflict should further endeavour to bring into force, by means of special agreements, all or part of the other provisions of the present Convention.

The application of the preceding provisions shall not affect the legal status of the Parties to the conflict.

Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions is straightforward and clear. Under Article VI of the Constitution, it forms part of the supreme law of the land.

You personally will be held responsible for all of your actions, in all countries, at all times and places, for the rest of your life. “I was only following orders” is not a defense.

What all this is leading to:

If you are ordered to violate Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, it is your duty to disobey that order. No “clarification,” whether passed by Congress or signed by the president, relieves you of that duty.

If you are ordered to violate Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, this is what to do:

  1. Request that your superior put the order in writing.

  2. If your superior puts the order in writing, inform your superior that you intend to disobey that order.

  3. Request trial by courtmartial.

You will almost certainly face disciplinary action, harassment of various kinds, loss of pay, loss of liberty, discomfort and indignity. America relies on you and your courage to face those challenges.

We, the people, need you to support and defend the Constitution. I am certain that your honor and patriotism are equal to the task.


It should be noted that Article 3 doesn't only apply to members of signatory nations, nor does it only apply to any sort of "official military personnel." It applies to any individual.

I'm deeply ashamed of the fact that this sort of thing even needs to be said. Many of the actions by my president, and my congress, in the last several years have been the most un-American imaginable, in the real sense of the word.

I know that, inevitably, there will come a reckoning. I just hope that it can be done peaceably, and legally, from within. If not, eventually we'll have to be pacified from without, as a rogue nation - one that actually does have a huge stockpile of WMDs.
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Triskell Knot

Uptime and Downtime

So timenchanter did, in fact, get some lessons in driving stick yesterday. Some more practice is needed to set in some of the reflexes, but that's it.

We then had dinner at Pasta Pomodoro, then headed off to KoC. I was feeling bad about being late (Got there about 7:20), which is apparently a bad omen.

dancin_whitey was again supposed to open last night. We still hadn't heard from him by the end of the night. bluize was apparently on the road somewhere, and wouldn't have been able to make it until 8:30.

In the end, Paula actually showed up, about 8:00. Then Paul, who'd apparently been convinced to leave a date.

With Timmie's help, I was ready to go by 8:30. And got going at 8:40, since Paula needed to take 10 minutes to tell me she'd pay me.

Eventually.

And then I started what turned out to be a really nice night. We had a few new people - a couple of whom are supposed to be back tonight (Eva and Charles). filmbuf104 had his birthday party there, which meant more exposure to both the lovely Natalie and Sundee. Also trivialt, for some reason.

Who dressed me down for not mentioning him at CCF on Friday. My bad.

So definitely a fun night, even if Stan and I had to cut short our game of Natalie-ball due to complaints from the ball.

The rotation stayed a little over an hour in length for most of the night. I almost made through 5 rounds, but had to stop at 1:58.

It took me forever to close up, largely because I resurfaced a skipping disc, then tried to look into a few tracks that weren't properly labelled as duets - only to be stymied by Google WiFi.

So, after dropping synkitty off, and grabbing some Jack-in-the-Box (mmmm, tacos...), I went to sleep.

And, apart from the rare 15 minute bit of wakefulness, there I stayed until 4:30 this afternoon. I think I still have some remnants of the cold/flu thing hanging on.

I was late to the bar - didn't get here until about 8:00. It was, of course, open. Possibly in part because sugarbare is bartending tonight.

It's being an incredibly nice, laid-back night so far. The rotation is at 13 right now, and about to go to 14. trivialt is here, as are hollyk, ajayav, mvmedic, supersniffles, dwo, Amanda, and Amanda's really cute friend Casey.

Both Cindi and William brought food. Life is good, if a little on the fattening side.
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