Saturday, October 30, 2010

Signs of Sanity

Simply put, the rally was awesome. I'll have a complete report at Smile Politely in a few days, but for now, I want to post my favorite signs. Or at least my favorite signs that I have pictures of.  Here they are:

Shirt says: The founding fathers were East Coast Liberals

It was hard to tell if someone was really counter-protesting, or whether they were just being ironic.

The rally was so successful that it even brought together Darth Vader and Napolean Dynamite.
Dave and Dan, happy to be part of the awesomeness of whatever it was that just happened.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Credit where credit is due

It is nice that President Obama has joined the ranks of the "It Gets Better" campaign.  What would be nicer is if he would actually do something within his power to advance gay rights. So far, all he has done is split hairs about how to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, and then send justice departments lawyers into the courtroom to defend it everytime it is challenged.

Again, nice speech.  Now actually do something with your power to advance gay rights.

So, let's give credit where credit is due. It was a lawsuit by Republicans (in the form of Log Cabin Republicans) that led to the court decision to overturn Don't Ask Don't Tell.  Republicans have now accomplished more for gay rights during the Obama era than Obama and all Democrats combined.  All Democrats have done is sit on their thumbs and cower from doing the right thing, as usual.  And they wonder why there is an enthusiasm gap in this election.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apologies, Apologies

Virginia Thomas' request for an apology from Anita Hill is simply too surreal not to poke fun at.  I wrote up a quick Smile Politely column in honor of Virginia Thomas:  Apology Accepted.

In the spirit of her quest for unity, I am willing to accept Virginia Thomas' apology if she is offended.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Rally to Restore Sanity

Thanks to my friend Dave Bullock, who has been gaming credit card companies for years for free airline miles, I now have a plane ticket to DC for the weekend of Oct 30th. Not coincidentally, this is the very same weekend of Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity. Also, we are staying with his brother-in-law in DC for free. The upshot of all this is that he gets to win any argument about who is the better friend for the rest of our lives.

Of course, there is the rally as well, the true purpose of the weekend.  The problem is, I'm not sure if I should be allowed to attend. After all, I'm not really a moderate. I am a radical, leftist, socialist, let's-tax-the-top-5%-an-additional-3%-on-the-part-of-their-income-that-pays-for-vacations kind of extremist. I even believe in universal healthcare. How can I possibly keep my seething anger and  lunacy in check for an entire rally?

Obviously, I need a reasonable sign. And luckily, the march organizers have put up a website to share and test signs at

Some of my favorites so far are:

I'm mad as hell. But by tomorrow, I'll probably be fine.
My political views cannot be summarized in a pithy sign
Sarah Palin for Governor of Alaska
One of us or perhaps neither of us may be right
I wouldn't presume to tell God who he hates
I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler
I support the sign that I am holding
I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it
I don't know what we are yelling about!!! (picture of Steve Carrell yelling)
Only a Sith deals in absolutes

So far, my only idea for a sign is "Sanity is not just for liberals." Jill thinks it's divisive and totally against the spirit of the rally.  And, she's right. See what I'm up against here?  I have to get sane in the next 2 weeks to earn my way into the rally.

So, if you have any suggestions for a sign that will lead others to believe I am a reasonable moderate, let me know.