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So no big surprise, the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage passed, 76%-24% statewide. Travis county (mine) passed it 56%-24%, which is sort of comforting, but 7 of the other 9 counties in Austin passed it with at least 70%. Four of those with at least 80%- the largest margin was Coryell county- 87%-13%. Thanks, folks of Coryell.

Tarrant county (where my parents live) passed it 77%-23%.

I'd like to hope my mother saw this on the news and felt at least a little bad.
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Hey, guess what? The KKK came to Austin today. They'll be ranting tomorrow also. They're here to support God's Own Word, Proposition 2. Or as I like to call it, Just Another Slap in the Face. They were at City Hall today and of course the police were out. They blocked off the area in front of the "rally" from protestors. I'm not sure how much distance, but it looked like quite a lot on tv. So now the protestors have filed a suit against the city, alleging their rights were violated by being set so far back from the KKK. Dude, the crowd couldn't even keep from fighting one another- we should let the KKK and the protestors have unlimited access to one another? Yah, rite. That won't go badly.

UT beat Baylor today. 62 to zero. Not that it was at all surprising for Baylor to choke, but whoa.

Rent was due on the 1st. As you may remember, I was recovering from being dead this week, so I forgot to pay it. On Friday, Apt Boy left me a message saying he had taken the rent checks to the bank and since mine wasn't in on time, I would have to pay a late fee. Oh no, I do not think so. I checked my lease- it says that "if tenant fails to pay the rent in full before the end of the 3rd day after it's due, tenant will pay a late charge." By the end of the day. But he called at TEN AM. Hardly the "end of the day". I do not want to pay this late fee. But I don't want to be that tenant. But it's $25- which right now is a big deal. But I don't want to split hairs. And besides, if I get pedantic about it, he can delay all he fucking wants in fixing the various things that are broken around here.

My internet connection is still spliced off of his, with a cord running through my bedroom window. I asked him what progress he had made on fixing this (since AUGUST), and he said he didn't know when he would have time to work on it, and that the problem was that the router for my connection wasn't working. REALLY? That sounds like exactly what you said two months ago, you tool. Fix it.

Not only that, but the ceiling fan and light in the living room just stopped working on Monday. But all the other outlets are working just fine in that room, so I don't think it's a fuse.

And. According to Texas law, a landlord must supply at least one smoke detector. Any one want to guess whether or not I have one here? And all windows are supposed to have locks. Well, I have wooden dowels. Take THAT, criminal element!

This place would be great if they could just pay some fucking attention to the details.
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I just finished watching Bill Maher clarify his "coward" comments on Jay Leno. I didn't think a clarification was necessary. I am concerned that everyone will censor themselves, or that we will require it of one another when speaking of this crisis. Already people are taking issue with the use of the word "crusade" to describe this. Please. And "Infinite Justice" is offensive because only Allah can provide that. And there have been places disallowing flags to be flown for fear of offending foreigners in our country. Have we really gotten to the point where we can't do or say anything for fear of offending someone somewhere?!

Yes, we have to keep a watchful eye on the government in times of crisis. We can't allow lawmakers to use our patriotism as an excuse for immoral acts. But there is also a "circle the wagons" kind of mentality that is necessary as well.

I agree that we do have to be careful what we say. For example, that moron in Louisiana, Cooksey. The "diaper head" comment should get him run out of town on a rail. And Falwell. Well, when isn't he saying something dumb? But I worry about the extreme. Prohibiting flags for fear of insulting people? People who, chances are, chose to be here? When we get more concerned with everyone's assumed feeeeelings we lose sight of what's important.

Just as we have to be conscious of what we do say, we have to note what isn't said as well. Sometimes I think what isn't said can be worse. For example, Bush's speech Thursday night. Mentioning Britain as our "truest friend" and not noting Canada's contributions really hurt some feelings. Justifiably, I think. I doubt it was an intentional slight. I doubt Britain would have gotten a specific mention if Blair hadn't been in the chamber.

I think of my friends that I haven't spoken to in a long time, or friends that I said I would call back but haven't. And then there's T. I care so much about him, but I am not sure what to do about it. I want things to be easy. But they aren't.

It's important to tell people how you feel. It's important not to self-censor. Don't assume people know what you think of them. It's possible that they don't.
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Ok. First things first. [gratuitous joey reference]Hi Joeykins! You are an amazing volleyball player and an even better world reformer.[/gratuitous joey reference]

I am not feeling particularly motivated to write tonight, even though as I went about my daily little life I was thinking about how I would write it. But as usual, there is a lot going on upstairs and I need to put it somewhere.

I am 100% against the death penalty. Even for Timothy McVeigh. I wonder about him, lying in his cell, with nothing but his thoughts. No question, he is terribly guilty and screwed up, but at some level he has to be frightened. And maybe sad? I would hope he is sad that he ruined so many lives, including his own. They say he spent most of his last day writing letters to people. I wonder what he said. I wonder what he could have said.

And his poor parents. His dad says he was a smart, creative boy. Friendly and happy. It appears that he started to come loose when his mom left his dad when he was 16. So it seems that it started small, and he just slipped away.

He'll be dead in less than 3 hours. I wonder if he is awake. I wonder if the people watching will cheer. I wonder if they will have nightmares about it. I just read that he will be strapped to that table for 30-45 minutes before the execution even begins.

Please don't misunderstand. I am in no way trying to put his suffering above that of his 168 victims or their family and friends. I just think the practice of governmental murder is detestable. It has been misrepresented for years. People operate under the misunderstanding that it deters murder. By nature, murder is either a crime of passion, or is carried out under some form of insanity. What's more, people typically don't think they will be caught. All killing Timothy McVeigh will accomplish is to satisfy this country's need for vengeance. Yes, if someone I cared about was killed, I would want their attacker to die. But our sense of justice shouldn't be borne out of our baser instincts. We should want to be better than that.


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