Thursday, October 30, 2008

WeezerMonkey's Eight Reasons to Vote No on Prop 8

Proposition 8 seeks to amend the Constitution of California to add the following language:
Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
The ramifications of these few words would be incredible.

And not in a good way.

At first, I wrote a long and rambling rant. It turned out really angry. I scrapped it.

Here's my less emotional numbered list:
  1. Prop 8 infringes on a fundamental right in violation of due process and discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of equal protection. A vote for Prop 8 is a vote for discrimination.

  2. Differentiating between "marriage" and a "civil union" is not harmless. This distinction demotes same-sex couples to second-class citizens deemed unworthy of the true label of marriage. Remember Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896). Enforced separation stamps same-sex couples with a badge of inferiority. Separate is inherently unequal.

  3. Like gender, race, and national origin, sexual orientation is an immutable characteristic. Sexual orientation is central to a person's identity. Prop 8 penalizes same-sex couples for being unable to change their very being.

  4. Prejudice against the gay community has been so severe and long-standing that protective legislation is necessary to address and eventually eliminate such discrimination. Prop 8 is, in fact, a giant step in the opposite direction.

  5. Granting same-sex couples the right to marry will have no effect on the substantive nature of marriage. Same-sex marriage will not deprive heterosexual couples of any rights. Limiting marriage to heterosexuals is not necessary to preserve the rights that heterosexual couples currently have. Permitting same-sex couples to marry is no different from permitting interracial couples to marry, as Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) did over 40 years ago. Broadening civil marriage to include same-sex couples does not affect the legitimacy of heterosexual marriage any more than the allowance of different races to marry does.

  6. Religious objections to gay marriage cannot and should not be considered in determining whether constitutional principles of equal protection provide for same-sex marriage. Marriage is a state-regulated institution. Same-sex marriage will not encroach upon religious freedom. No religion will be required to change its policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples. No church will be required to perform or to recognize same-sex marriages. No church's tax-exempt status will be affected.

  7. Prop 8 has nothing to do with teaching same-sex marriage in school. Pursuant to California Education Code section 51240, parents have a right to review all materials regarding sexual health education programs and to have their children excused from participation. Prop 8 does not add anything to this rule that is already in place. Voting no on Prop 8 does not mean same-sex marriage will be taught in schools.

  8. Voting yes on Prop 8 does not preserve the traditional institution of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Voting yes on Prop 8 is a vote to withhold fundamental rights from a specific group of people. To those who argue that "tradition" must be upheld, you are saying that discrimination must continue for "tradition's" sake. This exclusionary tradition -- like slavery, segregation, anti-miscegenation, or the denial of a woman's right to vote -- is unconstitutional and wrong.
Vote against discrimination. Vote against inequality. Vote no on Prop 8.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack My Locks

As you know, I got this lovely barrette earlier this week and wore it with pride.
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Well, the Obama fashion continues. I got another very neatly wrapped package.
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These barrettes have a tad more subtlety but just as much whimsy.
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And now I have ponytail holders, too!
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But wait! There's more! The creator of these cuties threw in this bonus for free.
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Look how happy they are together.
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Obamanos! Sí se puede!

Not Hot Stuff

How does Stuffed Sandwich (1145 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel) stay in business?
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It's ugly.
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It's cluttered (and steeped with conservative propaganda).
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It's rude.
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The food sucks.
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This is my spaghetti and meatball half sandwich with cheese ($5.25). I could make something tastier.

And we all know what kind of cook I am.

Even my vanilla shake's blandness disappointed me.
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How can you ruin a shake?! And it was $4.75! Boo! Not going back.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mirror in the Bathroom

I rarely take pictures of my outfits, but I got four compliments at work today, so I snapped this before I left the office.
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In honor of Diabolina and Tam Pham, I list for you the components:
Design History black pleated detail crewneck dress
Saks Fifth Avenue brand round-toe pumps with bow detail
Gucci watch
Marc by Marc Jacobs turnlock bag
Oh, and I wore my Obama barrette today, too.
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Mr. Monkey is in the Midwest for work this week, so this was the best I could do with the back of my head.

Even Republicans were impressed by the hair accessory.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hair Apparent

I got a little package in the mail today. It had an Obama sticker on it.
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It was wrapped very neatly.
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Behold Shepard Fairey's masterpiece...on a barrette!
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It's made from an old eyeglass lens. Pretty cool, huh? If you're interested in getting one, check out kokoleo on Etsy.

I have some other things coming, too....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Karaokefest 2008

All hail the Third Annual Halloween Karaokefest!
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That Girl made these adorable creepy-crawlies.
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KP, Trisha, Serendipitie, CBB, That Girl, and APK belt it out.
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Littleburg and KP croon and swoon.
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Amber, Wan, and CBB will make love to you want them to.
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It's gettin' hot in herre [sic].
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Serendipitie and JD 2 B demonstrate proper junior high slow dance techniques.
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Young_Love warrants a small section of her own. Witness her amazing signature "Since U Been Gone." It must be seen (and heard) to be believed.
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Diabolina really really really likes Pete Carroll.
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Some of our singing was frightening.
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Claire is quite the little coquette. Watch until the very end.

Picture #56893567271294 of Young_Love and Claire.
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If you Wan-nabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends.
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Shawty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low.
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Thanks for coming, you sexy bitches.
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See you next year!
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