Posted by Jimi on November 6, 2012
Marriage Equality USA logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As I have received no mail, it seems apparent no one is concerned where I disappeared to–kidding, just kidding. To give it to ya quick and dirty, since 11/2/2011 I have suffered a series of strokes and related head problems, which combined with my attempts to complete school and be an active part of my family’s life have left me with little time to blog. They have no idea what is causing the strokes, aside from the general term of stress (which I have given up on my dreams of school to alleviate one form of stress), however after much testing and poking and prodding stress is all they can tell me. I have no deficits from these episodes, aside from constant headaches and what I term “wooziness”, yes a nice scientific term there.
Moving on–November 6th in Maine. Some will ask why I am not focusing on the entirety of Election Day, well honestly, I know who is going to win the Presidential Election and I have more interest in the issue of Same Sex Marriage in Maine which is being voted on today (an idea I find stupid and ludicrous, but there you have it.) It will be interesting to see the results of Question 1 as it has been a hot topic since the last time it came up for vote in 20009, except this time there seems to be more in favor of it. Perhaps Mainers are in fact waking up to the fact of the 21st century, who woulda guessed it?
At any rate, let us all hope, in our own ways, the elections turn out for the betterment of not just the country, but ALL the people of this country.
Posted in Bigotry, discrimination, Equality, Laws, LGBT, Maine, Marriage Equality, Obama, Political, President | Tagged: Election, Election Day, Maine, November 6th, President, Same-sex marriage, Voting | 3 Comments »
Posted by Jimi on June 22, 2012
As anyone who reads my blog will know I am a big supporter of marriage equality. I normally do not do the “Cause Wishes” that get sent out around my birthday but with the ballot issue coming up in Maine this November and all the other states dealing with the issue I figured this would be a good time. So, the link below is to my wish, donate if you can, share either way. It would be nice to raise some money for this very important issue.
My Birthday Wish
Posted in birthday, Equality, LGBT, Maine, Marriage Equality, Personal | Tagged: Maine, Marriage, November, Referendum, Same-sex marriage, Same-sex relationship, United States | 3 Comments »
Posted by Jimi on June 14, 2012
I apologize for the language in the title of this post, however, it clearly describes what I experienced when I got the mail today. In my mail was a flier documenting what the current session of my state congress has done, in it was a section titles “Protecting Firearm Ownership”. While this sounds nice and friendly, for those who cherish gun ownership, the contents of this section were rather frightening to me.
This bill prohibits a person acting on behalf or under the authority of the State or a political subdivision of the State from prohibiting or restricting the otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. This bill also removes the power of the Governor to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing and transportation of firearms during a declared state of emergency.
The full text of this revised law can be read at L.D. 1859, however, this summary I quoted above does a very accurate job of relating what it is all about. To give a bit of background, we are under G.O.P/Tea Party rule in this state and our governor, Paul LePage, has made quite a few of the worst governor in the country lists. While this new freedom of firearms does not surprise me in the least, it is very frightening. Why?
Quite simply, the last thing we need during a declared State of Emergency is every Tom, Dick and Harry running around with their personal weapons getting up to all kinds of reckless behavior–think about the Stand Your Ground laws in a situation where local law enforcement was already very overwhelmed. While I am a supporter of private gun ownership, I also feel the laws should be more strict governing ownership. When it comes down to it, not everyone should be allowed to own a firearm, when the Second Amendment was drafted, as I have stated before, our current system of private gun information was not what the Founders intended.
I fully expect to get all kinds of hate and discontent for this post and I am ready for it. However, do yourself a favor and do some research before you attempt to participate in this argument. As a closing side-note, and I think both Daz and Justin will appreciate this sentiment, have you ever noticed how gun fanatics and religious zealots act the same way about their causes?
Posted in Laws, Maine, US Constitution | Tagged: Firearm, Gun control, Paul LePage, Politics, private gun ownership, Pro-Gun Rights, Right to keep and bear arms, second amendment, state of emergency | 2 Comments »
Posted by Jimi on June 4, 2012
Many people have misconceptions about the state of Maine; ranging from inbreeding to illiteracy to a concept that we are all the poor white trash of the USA. I am not a native to Maine, I was born in raised in NH; however, I have lived here long enough to have an understanding of what is going on in this state and the many issues which play into the hard times we face as a state. Maine is indeed a beautiful state, a choice spot for many people to come on vacation due to the amazing amount of ocean beaches we have and the historic locations within the state. However, we also have a floundering economy that is very dependent on tourist income and with high gas prices this is becoming an issue as well.
First, I want to talk some basic geography about Maine, some things that people either do not realize or do not take fully into account when thinking about Maine and its problems–this applies both to residents and people from outside of the state as well. The important thing to realize about the state of Maine is we are bordered by only one other state–this is a unique situation in relation to the rest of the lower 48 states and does create issues for people to come to the state as there is only one “path” into the state via roadways. If you are from the USA, think about the state you live in, picture it on a map, and really look at how many different ways people have of getting into your state, aside from airplanes of course–this will help in realizing the unique situation that Maine is presented with.
So, here we have a very basic map of Maine, however it will serve to illustrate my previous point and the point I want to address now. As you can see, in reference to my prior point we do border only one other state, and only a small portion of the state is in fact on the border. Which brings me to my next point, there are actually several different “unofficial” Maines within the one state. If you look to the southern part of the map you will see Portland, one of our largest and most popular cities. Everything from Portland south is one part of Maine, most populated by the tourists and at times referred to as Northern Massachusetts. The next section, up for some minor debate on specific borderlines, ranges from Portland to Augusta or Waterville, depending on your point of view. It really is not all that much of a discrepancy as the distance from Augusta to Waterville is minimal. Augusta is the capital of the state and that whole stretch contains the majority of the non-tourists businesses and the “working class” population of the state. Now, Bar Harbor is a spot all on it’s own, along with that whole coastal region. Mostly home to the rich or properties owned by tourists who summer there. From Waterville to Bangor is rather hard to explain. Bangor is another large city similar to Waterville and Augusta, but nowhere near comparison to Portland. That whole stretch has a lot of rural areas and homes, however most of the people are working class folks, the so called 1% I guess you could say.
Now we come to the interesting part, and the least known aspect of Maine. As you can see easily from the map I have covered approximately 1/3 of the state of Maine, well the reality is that is mostly all people know about it, or in the case of most residents do not realize there is anything north of Bangor. The fact is 2/3 of the state is North of Bangor, however, there is next to nothing there. Zip-zero-zilch. Sure, there are potato farms, some logging companies and such, but for the most part the towns up there are refereed to by numbers… which is rather sad. It is this 2/3 of the state which creates such a drain on the economy of Maine as the people are residents, however employment is few and far between in that region and the people rely heavily on state assistance (this is not a bad thing I am declaring, just a simple fact.) This is a huge part of the state that we are ignoring and should be developing instead of overpopulating the areas that are already established with businesses.
I have visited many states and have never encountered a situation where such a large portion of the state is flat out ignored. In fact, I think the only comparison I can think of would be Alaska, however, that is an entirely different situation. I would really love to see this states politicians propose ideas to bring businesses into the Northern part of our state. The only reason I have continually voted no on the casino issues is because they should be put into the areas that need developing and not into cities/towns that already have businesses running there employing people. Sure, it’s a bit of a travel to get there, but so what? If we could develop that 2/3 of Maine, it would help boost the economy of this state in a huge way.
However, after all these years I am beginning to see that this is just a pipe dream. Everyone seems content to ignore northern Maine and just continue shoving as much into the portion of Maine that goes from Portland to the border of NH. Perhaps we should do as the people of northern Maine have been wanting for decades now and simply divide Maine into two separate states.
Posted in free thought, Maine, opinion | Tagged: angus king, Augusta Maine, Bar Harbor Maine, Business and Economy, Maine, Paul LePage, Portland, Waterville Maine | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Jimi on June 3, 2012
Instead of posting on some of the hot button topics out there, I am taking this opportunity to share my Saturday night with my readers. As this is something I have not done before, you can rest assured it will not be about sitting around watching Law & Order repeats while eating ice cream (my normal Saturday night.) So, by now I bet you are asking yourself, “Well, what the hell did he do?” Let me tell you–last night my wife and I went out with some friends to a strip show at Altera, the local gay bar in our area. The event was hosted by Kindred of Maine and they did an excellent job.
Here in the Lewiston/Auburn area of Maine it is hard to maintain an alternative bar as the community is not generally accepting of it and people that would normally patron such a place tend to be rather shy about being seen going there in this area–which is a rather sad commentary for this area. There have been several such bars in the area over the years–including some that catered to both homo and heterosexual clientele.
I really enjoy going to these events as the people that perform are very brave and always put on a good show. Along with the strip show we try to attend every drag show that comes to the area and we are friends with several of the queens that perform, including Shaunna Rai.
Now, back to last night. There were only three performers, however they all did an excellent job and their bravery was quite apparent. They were all very attractive male performers who appeared quite comfortable with their bodies and despite the limited area they had to dance in, let loose with their bodies and performed very well for their audience. I wish I had thought to bring a camera with me as I would have loved to include some of the pictures here in this post, but the thought slipped my mind.
I am hoping that Altera lasts for quite some time as I would enjoy making it my regular bar. It is a nice, relaxing place to go without having to worry about getting hit on which happens at the local straight bar that we go to (on those rare occasions when we go out.) There is just something about the atmosphere of a gay bar that I find more comfortable, more able to be myself I guess you could say.
At any rate, it was a good night had by all, audience and performers alike. I just want to throw out to my readers, if you ever get the chance to go to any type of performance at a gay bar, take the chance and go you may just be surprised at how much of a good time you have.
Posted in Lewiston, LGBT, Maine | Tagged: Altera, Gay bar, Gay Lesbian and Bisexual, kindred of maine, Maine, strip search 2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted by Jimi on February 18, 2012
I apologize for the quality of this image, it was taken from my cell phone as I was driving down the road. I chose to insert it as a thumbnail so that you can open it to view it fully without losing this post. A little background on this image: Maine, where I live, no stalking please , has a law called something to the effect of “Keep Maine Beautiful”, among other facets of it, billboards are not allowed in the state, except apparently for this religious based one. This billboard has been around for many years, 20+, and I have always wanted to comment on it so I decided between this image and a post I have been drafting about the inequality of the idea of “Separation of Church and State” I had a pretty good article to write.
I’ve never understood why it is so possible for the church to be so active, and persuasive in government, but the first time anything even remotely comes about that appears to go against their beliefs they scream bloody murder. For this to be an effective stance it needs to work in both directions or you wind up with what we currently have, a broken system.
All to often people bemoan the influence of government on religion, i.e. the current issue with contraception, however, these same people miss a lot of the influence that the church is permitted to have outside of their designated sphere of influence. If the church is so unwillingly to change their ways as to allow basic human rights, then they have no place is our modern society. Americans have proclaimed clearly we do not want religion in our public schools, in our medical decisions or in fact in our government at all. While I can agree that the 10 Commandments provide a good base for laws for society, history shows that a government based on religion rule never works out as well as it is proclaimed.
It is not for me to decide if Jehovah, or any other god is real or not, but the numbers show that people are moving away from organized religion. Through actions of their own the church is losing followers because the church itself is not adhering to its own doctrine! The Bible is a great book if read as literature or from a life lesson point of view, I truly find offense in the idea that it describes how we are supposed to live. While a somewhat poor analogy it still serves the purpose, if I as a parent treated my kids as the Christian god treats his followers I would lose my children and wind up with jail time.
The church needs to be held accountable for all its actions. If they want to become a political force then they need to lose their tax exempt status. Opinions are one matter, supporting certain candidates with money or words is something else entirely. We are so afraid of going against the church for fear of what exactly? I am not denouncing religion, I never have it is for each person to have their own beliefs, however when they try to force their beliefs on me, tell me I am damned because of my own beliefs, then they are doing wrong and deserved to be punished.
Tax the churches, hold them accountable for their actions and make everything they do transparent to the public, and you know what, if they don’t like it the sanctimonious assholes can go back to Rome.
Posted in Laws, Lewiston, Maine, Political, Religion | Tagged: Church-State Relations, Freedom From Religion, Government, Maine, Pro-Separation, Religion, Separation of Church-State | 10 Comments »