hantsbear: (Seriously Pi**ed Off...)
Oh great.  A snap general election.  But of course, the great British populace will vote the way either the Daily Mail or Rupert Murdoch tells them to :(
hantsbear: (Feel My Koala-y Wrath!)
I think that pretty much sums the way certainly the UK has gone and, I would venture to suggest, the USA has gone.  Nobody sees the bigger picture.  Nobody looks to the longer term.  "We want a better NHS, but you want to put up taxes to do it?  Over my dead body!"  "We need more social housing, but my Council Tax bill will go up?  On yer bike!"

As a result, here we are in Brexit mode and the USA apparently heading happily towards a Christian theocracy.  And now people are starting to realise the cost.  Pound drops massively against the dollar and the euro.  Prices going up.  True, the "promised" downturn in the economy hasn't happened.  Yet.

What amazed me the most about the Brexit vote was the fact that areas that have benefited from significant amounts of money from the EU decided to vote to leave, such as the Welsh valleys.

Lemmings.
hantsbear: (Land of the Free...?)
I am at a loss.  I just don't get it.  And I certainly want 2016 to be over.  What has happened to the UK and the US?  I certainly don't understand my own country any more and as for trying to understand our larger neighbour to the west, which I thought I was starting to...

The Trump talks of reconcilliation, whilst appointing a whole stream of right wing nutjobs into seemingly powerful positions, and pouting and posturing when someone has the audacity to call his running mate on his ultra white christian, gay hating beliefs.  I thought it was done with love and respect but the perma-tanned ferret thinks otherwise.

I hear conflicting stories as to what the new administration can/can't to to the hard fought LGBT* rights brought in by President Obama.  Could the USA even go as far as some Middle Eastern countries and introduce a gay test at the borders?  Yes, it sounds ridiculous but frankly, I wouldn't put it past someone like Mike Pence.

I just don't know what to think any more.
hantsbear: (pain)
I don't know why, but every time I have a day that ends with me feeling severely p*ssed off, I invariably end up at the local McDonalds in Oldbury.  Usually, I avoid "Mucky D's" like the plague - my fast food of choice over here is KFC.  However, there's something about being in a foul mood that sends me somehow to those golden arches.  Mind you, I do like their chocolate shakes even if I can feel my arteries clogging with their artery hardening wallpaper paste-ishness as my cheeks collapse to suck the last globules from the cup...!
hantsbear: (grrrr...)
My cynicism was proven wrong - Obama won.  Part of me wants to shout it from the rooftops.  Yes, I know he's not our president but as many have pointed out, what happens in the US affects the rest of the world.

However...

Proposition Hate.  At 10:40 Pacific time, the result was 52.5% in favor; 47.5% against.  It goes to show what you can do if you are a hate filled bigot with access to unlimited funds.  You can destroy the hopes of ordinary people.  You can undo the hard work of honest campaigners.  You can negate their day of celebration.  You can make them second class citizens, because God says so.  Even if you don't believe in God.

Bittersweet.
hantsbear: (Seriously Pi**ed Off...)
I suppose my greatest worry out of today's elections and votes is that Proposition 8 will pass in California.  If it does, what next?  If California, one of the most gay friendly states in the union is frightened into submission by the bigots, what hope for the rest of America?  Would it mean that all the bigots have to do is open their check books and scare the populace into their vision of utopia of them and us?

And the thing that really makes me mad about all these so-called caring churches pouring millions of money into passing this venomous, hate-filled legislation is just that.  The pouring of millions of dollars into a vendetta against a percentage of society - millions of dollars that could have been spent doing some good!  Millions of dollars that are not being spent on feeding the starving.  Or finding a cure for AIDS or cancer.

No.  Far better to spend dollars on denying rights.  Much more righteous.

I'm hoping to wake up tomorrow morning to something better.  Something that my friends in California have been working for.  A little thing I like to call fairness.

And hopefully the beginning of something more...
hantsbear: (Snoogans!)
Working as I do currently for the Department for Work and Pensions, one does get to see a fair cross section of the population of Nottingham.  And from time to time, some fine specimens do pass through the door of the Jobcentre Plus.  Including a particularly cute (clean) rough sleeper and one of my customers today a classic black longhaired goateed rocker type.

Mmmmmmmm... must not think evil thoughts.

Damn, too late...!
hantsbear: (Seriously Pi**ed Off...)
Once again, Homophobic legislators in Arizona, claiming God on their side, are trying to put anti-gay bills (SCR 1038 and HCR 2065) to the ballot.  I haven't read either of these bills; the fact that they exist is abhorrent to me.  And further evidence to me that, despite being ahead of the world in many things, America as a country seriously lags behind in the field of human rights.

Whether you consider this to be a part of the right-wing Christian/Mormon agenda or the Corporations not willing to shoulder the additional costs that partner benefits would add to them, it still mounts to a creation of a second class of citizen.  And, due to the US's lack of labor laws, there are people afraid to come out because to do so would lose them their job. 

I guess this is an over-simplification of the situation, but that's what I observe from the other side of the Atlantic.

Rant over.
hantsbear: (3D Me!)
I have said before and I will say again; I do not expect to see any form of same-sex union become legal across the whole of the USA in my lifetime.  By that, I mean a form of union that allows immigration, federal rights etc. etc.  This was only heightened yesterday when I heard on Radio 4's religious affairs programme that nearly all of the Democratic candidates for the next presidency have been at pains to stress their faith.  Now, I equate "faith" with a need to appeal to the currently Republican Christian/Mormon strongholds, whose feelings on any form of gay union are well known (I think).  I still have difficulty with the concept of "gay Christian".  And as from the separation of Church from States, well Chimpy Mc Chimp has done his best to involve his pals in the church as much as possible.  Even including people educated at Bob Jones University.  Inclusive society?  Yeah, right...

Don't ask me why I felt like a rant this particular Monday morning; it's something I've been ruminating for a while. Please feel free to correct me/shoot me down in flames ;)
hantsbear: (Land of the Free...?)
...are there any genes shared between



Dr. Condescention Condoleeza Rice

And



Dwayne Dibbley.  As "Private Eye" would say "I think we should be told...!"

Gay Rights

Oct. 3rd, 2006 07:32 am
hantsbear: (Don't F*ck With Me!)
"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines

hantsbear: (Evil Mister Catbert)
...but I get a kick out of webcamming with someone with sound activated electrodes attached to their more sensitive parts.  And making as much noise as I can across the internet.
hantsbear: (Evil Mister Catbert)
Whilst taking an online aptitude test to identify potential alternative careers, the results came out with "Director of Human Resources".  Does this mean I should get in touch with my hidden feline side?
hantsbear: (Evil Mister Catbert)

How evil are you?
hantsbear: (The Bear-Koala Combo...)
Posted on behalf of [livejournal.com profile] rock_bear... Found on the walls of a Nottingham WC:- "Come and turnip my wife while I watch." Any thoughts, gentlemen...?
hantsbear: (grrrr...)
After a little thought, I've gotten rid of that damn Sausage posting. I feel a little stupid for falling for it in the first place, and to those who also fell as a result of this posting, heartfelt apologies.

To those who created it : May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits!

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