Video 2 in my new series at Human Is Some on YouTube.
Latest Video: The Problem With Rush Limbaugh
It's the same as the problem with Trump, or any other societal problem. The Problem With Rush Limbaugh Isn't Rush Limbaugh. It's the support he was shown by those who should know better. Gatekeepers with wider, mainstream audiences gave Limbaugh permission, both overt and tacit, to be as awful as he wanted. This brief video looks at Limbaugh alongside Matt Drudge, Fox News, and Walter Cronkite; and makes the case that nowadays trivial ideas of success (ratings and money) override "subjective" qualities of truth, goodness, and sincerity.
Since I find it despicable that Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump, I end my video on a positive note by listing some of those who earned that honor legitimately. In everything I do I will strive to emphasize my humanist values. Learning about the contributions of any of the following amazing humans is more worthwhile than spending another moment's thought on Rush Limbaugh:
A. Philip Randolph,
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Billie Jean King,
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas,
and Thurgood Marshall.
"Mind Your Mind Holes" featuring clips of Angela Lansbury belting, "I Don't Want To Know":
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Matering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat teaches basic cooking principles:
Tracks 2 and 3 on Steve Lacy's Demo
Lacy created his demo album primarily on his iPhone and released it online in 2017, when he was 19. And this video is really cool.
Today in Jacksonville there will be a lot of celebrating at River City Pride Festival at Riverside Artist Square, and I'm sure to be there. As we wrap up Pride weekend in Jax, we find ourselves in the home stretch of a life-or-death election cycle. It is a good time to reflect back on activist hero Leonard Matlovich. He appeared on Time Magazine in uniform, in 1975, as the face of a movement simply asking for acceptance. He was not accepted by the U.S. military, and upon his death he chose to make a political statement on his grave marker in Washington, D.C.'s Congressional Cemetery:
The imagery of pink triangles and "Never Again" over his birth date, 6 July 1943, underscores Matlovich's life's intersections with so much of 20th Century gay history. (Pink triangle clothing emblems were used in Nazi concentration camps to identify those imprisoned for the crime of being homosexual. It is estimated that Nazi camps held as many as 50,000 of these prisoners and exterminated up to 15,000 for being gay.) Born during World War II, Matlovich served in Vietnam, and was discharged in 1975 for refusing to renounce homosexuality. He sued and sort of won, when in 1980 a U.S. District Court judge ordered him to be reinstated with promotion. A financial settlement was paid instead as a compromise. So that's the U.S. military. What other major institutions objected to Matlovich? Oh yeah! Churches! He was raised Catholic, and, true to their lunacy, his mother is said to have believed God was punishing her and also that her son must not had prayed enough to overcome his sexuality. At some point as an adult, he had left the Catholic Church only to join... Mormonism. In reaction Matlovich's very publicly identifying as gay, the Mormon Church excommunicated him... twice! (Some things in that Church require redos, like their retroactive baptisms.) By that point our hero described himself as "between an agnostic and an atheist." An activist all the way to the end, Matlovich announced he had HIV on Good Morning America in July 1987. Almost one year later, on June 22, 1988, at a friend's home in West Hollywood, Matlovich died. The design of his grave marker effectively makes it into a Tomb of the Unknown Gay Soldier.
Gays and lesbians were not permitted to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces until passage of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
On 15 December 2010, the Act passed the House of Representatives 250-175, as follows:
YEAS: 235 Democrats and 15 Republicans
NAYS: 160 Republicans and 15 Democrats
On 18 December 2010, the Act passed the Senate, 65-31, as follows:
YEAS: 55 Democrats, 1 Sanders, 1 Lieberman, and 8 Republicans
NAYS: 31 Republicans
On 22 December 2010, the Act was signed into law by Democratic President Barack Obama!
35 YEARS ELAPSED FROM MATLOVICH'S DISCHARGE UNTIL DEMOCRATS FINALLY CARED ENOUGH TO CHANGE THAT LAW.
IF WE WERE WAITING FOR REPUBLICANS TO EVER DO ANY GODDAMN GOOD THING, WE WOULD STILL BE WAITING.
This is just ONE of MANY reasons that I say,
Don't Ever Say Party Doesn't Matter!
In our system, it's pretty much all that matters: Vote for Democrats.