shirtlifterbear: (Liberal)
The Republican Party hates Americans.


But the GOP reserves a special hatred for both New Americans and Gay Americans.

cut to save the delicate sensibilities of the willfully uninformed )

I'm making a t-shirt that sums up my sentiments about the GOP perfectly, a three-word phrase that makes me laugh and totally makes my point:

"Suck it, Scalia."
shirtlifterbear: (Equal Marriage Rights NOW)
Did Judge Make Right Call In Gay Marriage Case?

* Yes -- Prop. 8 violates the Constitution.

* No -- Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. I don't care what the judge thinks about the Constitution.

* I'm not sure but shouldn't the voters views count for something?

* Other (leave a comment).

Let me repeat that:

"I don't care what the judge thinks about the Constitution."

News flash: I don't care what a bigot thinks about my civil rights.

Suck it, Scalia.
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Last week, I got a 78 on the midterm for my Abnormal Psychology class.

I was flabbergasted, dismayed and even gobsmacked.

The test was incoherent, had misspellings and multiple correct answers galore, and had NOTHING to do with either the video units or the textbook. Srsly.

All mad was I, yea, verily, until I got the email today from the terrible professor congratulating me for getting the highest score on the midterm.

78 is the A.

OUT OF 130.


At least I'm rocking the shit out of the crazy, y'all.

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I have just been awarded the [redacted] Family Endowed Scholarship from my [redacted] nursing school's Foundation for this upcoming year of school!

Full tuition for the year!

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

*doing the Snoopy dance, is [ profile] shirtlifterbear*
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Dick Armey, who rather famously referred to Congressman Barney Frank as Barney Fag on the floor of the House (to which witty Barney retorted: "That's ok, Dick.") has some scary strategic advice for Tea Party candidates: Stealth candidacy.

behind the clicky for those who'd rather pluck their eyes out than learn about a threat to their country. Ahem. )

Tea Bigots.

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Domo kills a kitten!



Jun. 10th, 2010 01:24 pm
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A big bowl of grits just makes it better.
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So. Not. Kidding.

Look, all you wannabe "parrotheads" and "margaritavillains", this is what life is like in the Florida Keys where I grew up, 24/7:

Stop to get gas and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" is playing at the pump. Go inside to buy a soda while the tank fills, and you get "Pencil-Thin Mustache".

Go to the supermarket to pick up six-pack of soda since the Buffet-ting made you flee the Quickie Mart, and "Son of a Son of a Sailor" is MUZAKING all over you. "A Pirate Looks at Forty" played by A Thousand Strings? Please. Kill. Me.

"Come Monday", it WON'T be alright, because the damn songs are omnipresent, loudly so, and are there SOLELY to convince you that the Keys are all about saying "Why Don't We Get Drunk And Screw" to anyone in a Hawaiian shirt. There will be no "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" my fine tourista terrorista, there will only be SUNBURN, and garish clothing. And flip-flops. Oh God, the flip-flops.

And the only respite from the Jimmy Buffet Playlist of Terror?


Which doesn't exist.

Cut to protect the naive who still think Santa and the Easter Bunny exist! OOPS, SPOILER ALERT. )

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Got the blues?

Watch this.


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I'm sure this will come as a complete shock to everyone.

(this is my shocked, shocked I tell you! face) o.0

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Hey folks, my buddy Jennifer has two tix to the sold-out Sounders-LA Galaxy game this Saturday (at 1pm here in Seattle at Qwest Field) she can't use! $60 bucks total for the two! ($90 originally!) Let me know if you want 'em!


May. 2nd, 2010 04:53 pm
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Eating Krispy Kreme Donuts while drinking Coke Zero: madness or GENIUS?

shirtlifterbear: (Shooting Star!)
I hate to get all Afterschool Special on you, but you know what?

You deserve happiness.


This applies to each and every one of you.

So go get you some!

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This is the Straight Hottie from my Anatomy course that I've managed to rope into my Statistics group.

He is 6'4. He works at REI. He's in school to be a PA or an RN.

And he has NO IDEA how cute he is.

Behind the cut because the cuteness, it BURNS! )
shirtlifterbear: (OMGYAY!)
Happy birthday to three gorgeous men on my friends list:

[ profile] pocketbearwa, hoo boy do we have prezzies for you, hot stuff!

[ profile] osodecanela, super big hugs for my favorite Cinnamon Bear Doc!

[ profile] exiledfromtribe, happy Seattle in the Spring birthday, cute neighbor!

It's a good day to be born!

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Relish: delicious sweet pickle condiment on my hot dogs for lunch today.

To relish: enjoyment of an anticipated pleasure.

I ate relish, and I am RELISHING.
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Happy tears, people, happy tears!

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Wayne Rooney may play for the WRONG TEAM, but shirtless and sweating?

I'm a fan!

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The growl and the fury, signifying nothing.
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Miss Manners’ Guide to Proper Ambulance Etiquette

Did I mention I got an A+? *grin* )
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Found DAMN FINE Barbecue joint close to us, "R & L Home of Good Barbecue". The brisket was divine, the ribs were smoky love, and the collards and red beans and rice were stellar; best I've had in the Pacific Northwest. The quietly genteel and gracious owner drew out of me one of my very rare and utterly appropriate uses of "ma'am".

Then "Blade: Trinity", cuddling with the boy, and some Gilmore Girls for dessert.

Did I mention nocnoc for "Into The Groove" Eighties night with 55+ LJers and much dancing?

(Lord knows everyone else on LJ mentioned it! My God, it's full of stars!)

My double polo shirts, pink and green with popped collars, cuffed shorts and madras Chucks?

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[ profile] tbass's band Vera, The Ghost has just released their new EP "Memories Like Photographs". It is $4 to download the entire album at the following link:


PS Look for the hidden track!
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Holy Ljubjlana!
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Why yes, I am up early so I can follow the World Cup Draw live...

*blink blink*

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And I'm clapping and singing backup on it!


It's REALLY good, and here's a link to some snippets (Kerouac is off the new CD!): ""!

Let me know if you're interested in buying the 8-song EP for $5 including shipping!

Did I mention that it's REALLY good?


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This year marks the first time that I will be cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for my mother, rather than the other way around.

Did I mention that it is also her birthday?

No pressure.
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We went as a Bowhunter and his prey: A Teddy Bear pierced with arrows and leaking stuffing!

OMG he's so cute!
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Well, actually, it's Chemistry 121.

Which I was petrified about, since I last took a Chemistry class in 1984, TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO.

Yes, that's right, a quarter-century ago, when Reagan was President.

So I had some anxiety about taking it.

Just got back from the first class.

Note to self: When it's a pre-requisites class designed for Health Care Professionals?

So not tough.


Moving On

Aug. 31st, 2009 03:02 pm
shirtlifterbear: (OMGYAY!)
You know how you know that you've moved on from a painful period of your life? How you realize that you were hurt, even damaged by the events that took place, by the way people treated you, by the unhealthy dynamic? How you know that you're better off by far?

When the weekend event that you didn't go to in spite of your love for the host because you actually *dreaded* having to deal with some of the people who would be there (that are unpleasant, disloyal and/or insane) took place and YOU FORGOT IT WAS HAPPENING because you were having so much fun doing other things all weekend?

You've moved on.

That's a lovely realization!

*raises a crystal tumbler of lovely, lovely Laphroaig, neat*

Slainte, Livejournal! CHEERS!


"He looked forward to what the future would bring!"


Aug. 27th, 2009 02:36 pm
shirtlifterbear: (SHOCKING!)
So here's the deal:

Last week, we were at Pacific Place and the bookstore there had clearly ordered a ton of "The Golden Girls" seasons to capitalize on nostalgia related to Bea Arthur's death, and everyone that was going to buy them had bought them, leaving the store with some left overs which they then marked down to $18.99 a set.

I was soooooooo tempted but didn't cause I was broke and was sad about that.

Target today had the same sets, clearly for the same reason, and they were double marked down to $8.99 a SET.

I HAD to buy them.

And yes, I was ashamed that I wanted them but seriously $9 bucks a SEASON?

And I love them?

And... let's face it: I am that gay.

It's all tied up with my memories of Miami, and of convalescing trapped in bed after knee surgeries and watching them on Lifetime 'cause I was too high on pain meds to read. It's one of only three shows in history to have all four leads get Emmy awards for their performances, and it's a laugh riot. BE TOLD! ("All in the Family" and "Will & Grace" are the other two!)

So there I was but I was SO ashamed! So I told the smirking check-out guy, a little faux-hawked twinkie Gayby that they were for my mother's birthday with Tony smirking at me, and giggling because he COULD have totally given me away and he knew I knew it.

It's not cool, it's not right, but I am STOKED to have them!

Seven YEARS of the Golden Girls!

It's like a slice of heaven!

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1) There is a breeze coming in the window for the first time in four days of blazing, draining and worst of all STILL heat.

2) [ profile] tbass and I broke our metal bed frame. Bent it FIFTEEN DEGREES after snapping the lock for the rivet. That's how it's done in BearLand, boys and girls.

3) I have taken a "cold-tap only in the clawfoot tub" bath every night of this record heat wave, staying in it until my bubble butt was cold to the touch. The sheer mass of that cold block of ass has kept me cool in this heat for HOURS each night. (I like big butts and I cannot lie!)
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Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you. They should be the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

1. "To Say Nothing Of The Dog" -- Connie Willis
2. "Drinker of Souls" -- Jo Clayton
3. "Lord of Light" -- Roger Zelazny
4. "Pride and Prejudice" -- Jane Austen
5. "The Door Into Summer" -- Robert Heinlein
6. "The Darkest Road" -- Guy Gavriel Kay (Entire Trilogy is LOVELY)
7. "Whores of Lost Atlantis" -- Charles Busch
8. "Blue Heaven" -- Joe Keenan ("Putting on the Ritz" is a delight as well!)
9. "Tales of the City" -- Armistead Maupin
10. "Red Mars" -- Kim Stanley Robinson
11. "Dykes To Watch Out For" -- Alison Bechdel (Collect 'em all!)
12. "So You Want To Be A Wizard" -- Diane Duane
13. "Books of Magic" -- Neil Gaiman
14. "Wyrd Sisters" -- Terry Pratchett
15. "A Night In The Lonesome October" -- Roger Zelazny

A few trends are clear as a bell on this list:

I dig romantic science fiction. (NOT A CONTRADICTION!)

I love time-travel.

I am so gay.
shirtlifterbear: (OMIGOD!)
He's having a birthday over there on the East Coast already, but it's still before midnight here, so I get to wish him a happy, happy birthday from the West Coast BEFORE it ACTUALLY HAPPENS!

Happiest Birthday, Mister Kevin.

I love you to little itty bitty bits that I glue back together into a heart shape!

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The show is at the Comet on Pike here in Seattle on July 7 at 8pm, and it's the first Seattle gig for them, so please come so they can get asked back! The Comet was named one of the Top Ten Best Dives in the US, so come on down and get down and dirty with the band!

Here's the flyer for the gig!

See you locals there!


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[ profile] alexjon has saved me from the Hell of No Internet!

His laptop is what I'm writing this postlet on!

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Look, I'm no longer foaming at the mouth angry, but I'm saddened and disappointed. We do not have a cause for celebration, do we?

But I HAVE noticed something *really* interesting about the responses though:

Gen X and younger?


Post-Boomers and older?

Sad, disappointed, deflated.

This is SO clearly a generational divide, folks. I read an LJ post labeling me and people like me as over-reacting, and the people that agreed?


This is a generation gap, guys and gals, and I'm glad that I recognized it. It made me understand the stance and the arguments a LOT better. I don't hate anyone, truly, but please recognize that some people are reacting totally differently than others, and that there's room for everyone to be PISSED in their own way, using their own approach. Not all GenXers and Boomers are reacting in these ways of course, but I gotta tell ya, looking at a virtual roll-call of the Handsome and Distinguished LJ Gentlemen (that I am so very fond of!) lining up to support a softer response was an eye-opener!

Isn't it fucking awesome that we're big enough a minority that we can have arguments about HOW to combat this affront to our human dignity?

It makes me proud to be Gay.

PS Pssst... I love that if a Clinton supporter is furious, it *must* be payback. So if an Obama supporter is furious, they must be misguided? That line of argument? That's a deflection, and an attack. We're all Democrats, and we all want Obama to succeed, while fulfilling his promises. Cut that shit out, it demeans both camps. Really.
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An active and powerful enemy who looked us in the eyes and lied, lied, lied.

This post is about the current United States Department of Justice anti-Gay Civil Rights motion to dismiss filed about the anti-Defense of Marriage Act case currently working its way through the courts. (By orders of the President we helped elect, the Constitutional Law professor.) He is an anti-gay bigot, and a liar, an oathbreaker. He promised us to get rid of DADT, and he just defended it in a Supreme Court hearing. He promised us to get rid of DOMA, and now he's arguing that it's good law, and that Gay people don't deserve civil rights protections. I'm so angry that I can't see straight.

And if anyone wants to try to play apologist for him after this? Please defriend me, because this is active, explicit and intentional work against the LGBT community, and is completely indefensible, and if you try, I don't want to be associated with you in any context. You're either in favor of Gay Civil Rights OR you're in favor of the President of the United States, because he has just made it impossible to be both. And those of you who attacked me for being a Gay man supporting Hillary in the Democratic primaries because "Obama is so much better on our issues"? You were lied to by your candidate, willfully and evilly. The only reason he would risk this attack is if he believes in it strongly, if it MATTERS to him. He is an enemy, and WANTS this fight. I am afraid of what the President will try to do to us.

From Towleroad:

"DOJ Defends DOMA, Says Good for Budget, Invokes Incest

Americablog has been busy at work parsing the briefs from the Department of Justice's motion to dismiss the federal same-sex marriage case brought by Smelt and Hammer. There's plenty more to read.

Of the DOJ's rationalization, they write:
"Obama didn't just argue a technicality about the case, he argued that DOMA is reasonable. That DOMA is constitutional. That DOMA wasn't motivated by any anti-gay animus. He argued why our Supreme Court victories in Roemer and Lawrence shouldn't be interpreted to give us rights in any other area (which hurts us in countless other cases and battles). He argued that DOMA doesn't discriminate against us because it also discriminates about straight unmarried couples (ignoring the fact that they can get married and we can't).

"He actually argued that the courts shouldn't consider Loving v. Virginia, the miscegenation case in which the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to ban interracial marriages, when looking at gay civil rights cases. He told the court, in essence, that blacks deserve more civil rights than gays, that our civil rights are not on the same level.

"And before Obama claims he didn't have a choice, he had a choice. Bush, Reagan and Clinton all filed briefs in court opposing current federal law as being unconstitutional (we'll be posting more about that later). Obama could have done the same. But instead he chose to defend DOMA, denigrate our civil rights, go back on his promises, and contradict his own statements that DOMA was "abhorrent." Folks, Obama's lawyers are even trying to diminish the impact of Roemer and Lawrence, our only two big Supreme Court victories. Obama is quite literally destroying our civil rights gains with this brief. He's taking us down for his own benefit."

EDITED TO ADD: here's the link to the document:


May. 26th, 2009 11:12 am
shirtlifterbear: (Equal Marriage Rights NOW)
The President has nominated the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court who is also a woman and represents a tremendous breakthrough, and on the same page on CNN I see that the California Supreme Court has upheld Prop 8 and removed the Civil Rights of Gay people.

Why do I feel like it's November 5th all over again?

Go to bed, awesome new thing has happened in America about fighting bigotry, wake up and Gay Civil Rights are taken away. DEJA VU!

The SOLE vote against bigotry? The only Democrat on the CA Court.

I'm not even angry, I'm just nauseous.

President Obama, you're on notice: You haven't mentioned the recent victories in Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, ONCE. Support the Gay Civil Rights struggle, stop Don't Ask Don't Tell, get rid of the Defense Of Marriage Act, or in 2012 I'm voting for a primary challenger. AGAIN.

Because right now?

I'm leaning towards calling you Bigot in Chief.

From Frank Rich in the New York Times: "Relegating fundamental constitutional rights to the bottom of the pile until some to-be-determined future seems like a shell game.

As Wolfson reminds us in his book “Why Marriage Matters,” Dr. King addressed such dawdling in 1963. “For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait,’ ” King wrote. “It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ ”
shirtlifterbear: (Liberal)
Dear President Obama,

I am saddened and disappointed that the only mention you have made of the recent Gay Civil Rights victories in Iowa, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire was to crack a joke about them at the National Correspondents Dinner.

You did this the same week YOU, as Commander in Chief, fired a Gay West Point graduate Arabic translator under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a policy that is blatantly and repugnantly discriminatory, so much so that John McCain, as a representative of the party that explicitly enshrines bigotry in its party platform, felt obliged to defend it on the Sunday Morning talk shows.

You won.

Stop running for re-election long enough to do the right thing, and help us overcome the endemic discrimination and bigotry that is manifestly un-American.

Your parents could not have gotten legally married in 13 states the year that they did so, due to miscegenation laws that barred inter-racial marriage, which are the EXACT equivalent to the current Defense of Marriage Act. Do you want your children to be ashamed of your current position on Gay marriage when they look back at your legacy?

Because right now?

They will be.

Be the better man we elected.

Very sincerely,

Chris N.
shirtlifterbear: (DOMO IS FURIOUS!)
I am in a bad mood, for the Gayest reason EVER:

The crepes I made for Mom for Mother's Day brunch were the worst batch I've made in 20 years. I am IRKED.



"I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at the crepes!"

*mock glare at those who dare mock my pain*

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DOMINIC [ profile] cuboz has had a Significant Birthday!

WE aren't going to say HOW OLD he is, but he's getting 40 spanks!

Happy birthday to the sweetest Engineer that ever escaped New Zealand!

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On the uses of subtlety:
Give me a minute, I'm thinking!
Um, I got nothing.



May. 7th, 2009 02:20 pm
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I'm fucking CHIPPER!

It's amazing what a difference a wonderfully sleepless night can make!

*wink and grin*




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Yes, it's Jessica Simpson.


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Dear LJ Friends,

I haven't read LJ at all since Friday, the first of May.

You have posted 1645 posts since the last time I caught up.

Patience on both our parts is a good idea.

Love and kisses,


Dear Arlen Specter,

I am trying like mad to change my habit of calling you Arlen Sphincter.


Dear Crush Object,

I promise I have no expectations, only hopes.


Dear Governors Baldacci and Lynch,

Your state legislatures in Maine and New Hampshire respectively have passed Gay Marriage bills.

Now would be a good time for you to sign them.


Dear California Supreme Court,

Hello! Have you checked the news lately?

Do you want Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut to all PROVE they're more liberal than California?



Dear Bears,

Wanna get your paws in some honey?

Winkingly and nudgingly,

Dear Hood Canal Bridge,

You closed on May 1st for six weeks, trapping me on the Olympic Peninsula.

Get well soon!


Dear Libido,



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[ profile] eman_p the KILTED HUNK, shares his happy birthday today with his daughter rachel_p! So he needs a DOUBLE load of birthday wishes so he can share them! *smooch*

[ profile] sctmpls just SLAYS ME with his hotness, and makes me want a damn cigar! Happy birthday sexy!

[ profile] beardoc is the cutest damn Aussie to ever intubate! I'd lay back and count to ten for you ANYDAY, handsome man, happy birthday!

[ profile] that_grr is the Puppy we all want to play with! Happy birthday, sweetness!

My Taurean addiction is PROVEN by these guys! DAMN!

And let me just say to the four of you:

Anytime, anywhere. I know quality when I see it, and you are all awesome!


SOME PEOPLE don't post their Birthdate on their LJ Profile, so [ profile] mrs_photopagan almost got overlooked in the stampede of all these BULLS! Happy Birthday, Lovely Lady!


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