And now for a beef. I don't watch American Idol. This section of the post is going to make someone mad but oh well. I don't watch it. But my folks have a neighbor and when Adam Lambert was competing, this woman was all about how talented he is, he's "Elvis," he's this and he's that.
I don't watch the show, so I'd just listen to her. And then one time she was talking about his make up and I said, "Make up?" I was told, "Yes, guys wear make up these days." They do? I told her that maybe this Adam Lambert was gay. No, she insisted, he wasn't.
Well as the whole world now knows, he was and is gay.
And there's nothing wrong with that and I hope he gets as much sex as he wants and then some.
But last weekend, when I was at my folks, that neighbor came over to borrow something. And I mentioned Adam for some reason (he was on NPR that day -- I think an announcement saying he'd be on Monday the 30th or something).
"I never liked him."
Now I just don't get that. She was obsessed with him and she wants to act now like she never was? I just don't get it.
I'm not into pop so I have no idea what he sounds like. But I can't imagine he sounds any different than he did singing live on American Idol.
I don't get people. This woman is over 60 years old. Did she really think -- when she thought he was straight -- that she was going to get in bed with him?
Ben Quayle is the son of Dan and Marilyn Quayle. Meaning he's a Republican which means it is incredibly doubtful I'd vote for him even if he was running in my state (Big Mass) which he's not (he's running in Arizona). But I am a son and I do have a father. And Kasie Hunt (Politico) reports Dan is sticking up for Ben so I'll note this:
Now let's talk Third. Along with Dallas, the following helped on the latest edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And we came up with the following:
Brooklyn, NY 11202 USA
President Republic of Indonesia Jakarta Pusat 10110
Indonesia Via Fax, E-mail
Dear President Yudhoyono:
As Indonesia's National Day on 17 August approaches, we the undersigned engaged in the defense of are deeply concerned that dozens of Papuans are incarcerated in prisons in Papua and simply for having been involved in non-violent demonstrations or expressions of opinion. In most cases, these prisoners have been sentenced under Criminal Code Articles 106 and 110 regarding "rebellion." These articles are a legacy from the Dutch colonial era and are in violation of the Indonesian Constitution, Articles 28(e) and 28(f) which respectively afford "the right to the freedom of association and expression of opinion," and "the right to communicate and obtain information for the development of his/her personal life and his/her social environment, and shall have the right to seek, acquire, possess, keep, process and convey information by using all available channels."
Moreover, Articles 106 and 110 are inconsistent with your country's international obligations under the (ICCPR) which Indonesia ratified in 2006. While the ICCPR (article 19) notes that these rights are subject to certain restrictions "for the protection of national security and of public order or public health or morals," the 1995 Johannesburg Principles on National Security, Freedom of Expression, and Access to Information identify clear standards for application of national security restrictions. These Principles provide that persons should not be restrained for expressing their opinions. Governments should only take action against such expression of views on the grounds of national security if they can demonstrate that they would incite acts of imminent violence.
The prosecution of the aforementioned Papuan political prisoners has offered no evidence of any such threat of imminent violence in association with their physical or verbal actions. While we strongly believe that none of these prisoners should have been prosecuted in the first place, we are also deeply concerned about the disproportionately harsh sentences imposed on these political prisoners given their non-violent acts. One prisoner arrested in 2004 and charged under these articles is serving a 15-year sentence while others have been given sentences of three or four years.
Moreover, there have been alarming reports of maltreatment of the prisoners by prison warders and the lack of essential medical facilities. In one case, a prisoner with a serious prostate disorder had to wait eight months before being allowed to travel to Jakarta for essential treatment recommended by the local doctor. Severe Beatings of prisoners and detainees are frequently and credibly reported. We the undersigned have on a number of occasions welcomed the democratic progress in Indonesian since the fall of the Suharto dictatorship, inspired by the Indonesian people.
We recognize that this progress had been achieved despite frequent threats by the as yet unreformed Indonesian security forces. In view of the tradition to mark Indonesia's on 17 August by announcing the release of prisoners and bearing in mind the restriction on essential freedoms such as those contained in Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code we respectfully call on you to mark this year's celebrations by:
* releasing all Papuan political prisoners, including those already convicted and those waiting trial;
* securing the deletion of Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code;
* ordering an immediate investigation into conditions in the prisons where the prisoners are being held and ensure the punishment of all prison personnel held responsible for maltreatment. We look forward to your response.
Aliansi Nasional Timor Leste Ba Tribunal Internasional (ANTI)/ Timor-Leste National Alliance for an International Tribunal Australia West Papua Association Adelaide Australia West Papua Association Brisbane Australia West Papua Association Melbourne Australia West Papua Association Newcastle Australia West Papua Association Sydney and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) (U.S.) Foundation Akar (The Netherlands) Foundation Manusia Papua (The Netherlands) Foundation of Papuan Women (The Netherlands) Foundation Pro Papua (The Netherlands) Free West Papua Campaign UK Freunde der Naturvölker e.V./FdN (fPcN) (Germany) KontraS (Indonesia) Land is Life (U.S.) La’o Hamutuk (Timor-Leste) Perkumpulan HAK (HAK Association) (Timor Leste) Tapol (Britain) West Papua Advocacy Team (U.S.) West Papua Network Germany etanetanetanetanetanetanetanetanetanetanetanetan
Read what Noam Chomsky says about ETAN: http://www.etan.org/etan/2010app.htm
John M. Miller, National Coordinator East Timor & Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) PO Box Phone: Mobile phone: Email Skype: john.m.miller Web site: http://www.etan.org
I don't do enough to note things like that so I wanted to include it now. Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"