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26 10 2008

So who remembered the clocks went back? Just as well we got an extra hour sleep today, as one of the dogs is waking up every morning between 4.30 and 6.30, from being so scared of the dark and being on his own. Even though he has two other dogs around him to keep him company, I guess he just can’t get over having been trapped in a chicken coop for his early life. As he just doesn’t shut up he has to come and sleep in the bed, nestling his way down to the foot end, the smelliest part which he seems to love so much. 

 

I just saw a trailer for the new Di Caprio-Winslet film, Revolutionary Road. Weirdly I watched it with the sound off and it was all dramatic hand gestures, arm waving and Winslet’s eerie blank, pale face. But was that a nod to Titanic that I spotted? The two of them bonking away in the back of a car, not too dissimilar to the old carriage they were having it away in, in Titanic. And then Di Caprio puts his sweaty hand on the car window and leaves a steamy smear?? Too similar! Surely it’s time to lay that old ghost to rest? I think wedding ceremonies have had enough of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ to be reminded of that scene. Still, it’s nice to see Di Caprio back in the saddle again. See his good early work like Gilbert Grape and yes, Romeo and Juliet showed how great an actor he is. Then he kind of dropped off the radar until The Aviator and Blood Diamond came along.  Thanks, Leo, you’ve reinstalled my faith in you.  So you know, call me! (not desperate at all)

 

Talking of weddings, it’s not just California that needs your help voting against Prop 8. There’s also Florida and Arizona to think about.

I’m going to hand over to Bamboo Nation for this, as US politics aren’t really my area of expertise, but fair rights are in my interest:

“Hey, but enough about California for a while. There are two similar anti-gay measures on ballots in both Arizona and Florida.

First let’s quickly talk about Florida’s Amendment 2, which would also amend its state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. A recent pollputs support of the ban at 53%, which is not enough for it to pass. In Florida, 60% approval is necessary for a constitutional amendment. Now the 8 percent of undecided voters could push the ban through, if nearly all of them voted for it, which is highly unlikely. FLORIDIANS, VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 2. If you’re so inclined, here’s how to get involved.

Things are a bit trickier in Arizona. Proposition 102, another constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, shows about 49 percent support right now. It needs 50% plus one (same as California). The undecided voters (8%) are key. ARIZONIANS, VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 102. If you’re so inclined, here’s how to get involved.”

 

And specifically on California from the same website:

“Lie #1: “Schools began teaching second graders that boys can marry boys.” The ad is referring to one specific Massachusetts court case. Using the plural “schools” is a gross exaggeration to make it sound like its a widespread practice that’s terrorizing the state.

Lie #2: “Under California law, public schools instruct kids about marriage.” According to the Los Angeles Times, “there is nothing in the state education code that requires schools to teach anything about marriage. Even the decision about whether to offer comprehensive sex education is left up to individual school districts.” Also, unlike Massachusetts, California has broad opt-out provisions that allow parents to remove their children from class if they feel certain material is objectionable.

Lie #3: “Teaching children about gay marriage will happen here unless we pass Proposition 8.” Prop 8 has absolutely nothing to do with school instruction; the state education code barely even mentions any kind of marriage at all, let alone instruction; and guess what?—there are already provisions that say that instruction may not promote bias against anyone on the basis of several categories, including sexual orientation. That’s right! The education code has already been protecting gays for years—with no fanfare or controversy or corruption of schoolchildren. Check out theSacramento Bee.”

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