Alison Gardner

Casa Ruby Awards First Dan Massey Trans Ally Award

(l. to r.) Dana Beyer, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, and Casa Ruby Distinguished Service Award recipient, Consuella Lopez Photo by Ted Eytan Flickr/creative commons

Last week, we had another wonderful night out in New York City with our friend and current candidate for the Maryland Senate, Dr. Dana Beyer. The Maryland primary election is today and, win or lose, it's not an exaggeration to say the force is with her. As a trans woman running against an entrenched old boy who happens to be a gay man, she has been heroic in this campaign (and in her previous campaigns for Maryland Delegate) in presenting voters with a true progressive vision that enfranchises all people, not just special interests, not the status quo. Dana ...

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When Free Speech Becomes Sedition

Chelsea Nesvig

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: People are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., warns of a coming rebellion.

Yeah, he really said that, hostile takeover, and I think he was speaking not only to those present (1000 evangelical leaders) but to all the trigger-happy militias and tea party folks who would savor the opportunity to do just that. Jindal's remarks foment unrest and civil war in America even though it would result in nothing less than a fundamentalist theocracy, one just as bad as the Sharia Law they rant against. As Jindal sees it, religious freedom and the American Dream are being threatened. ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Everyone’s Different

Young people more and more are rejecting the social construct of male and female in favor of gender neutral attitudes. Many queer youth are neither gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans, and call themselves gender queer, or intergender, or don't label themselves at all. Dispensing with, breaking free of, traditional male and female roles allows each of us to be free to find our own unique expression, or non-expression, of our birth assigned gender. A post-gender world is a real thing, and is worth striving for so that each child is born is free from cultural "norms" that otherwise restrict growth and creativity. Read More

When will we move to impeach certain Supreme Court justices? (Part 2)

"In the Potemkin justice of the Roberts court, the right to vote is under attack, while the power to buy elections is sanctified by law. Corporations are called people under a faux doctrine of free speech, while women are denied standing to combat discrimination." - Brent Budowsky Editorial from The Hill, April 9, 2014.

    Most of us came of age with nearly blind trust in this once-austere body, this third branch of government charged with deciding the most challenging questions of our time. But times have changed, and so has the purpose and direction of the Supreme Court. It's literally gone off the rails, ...

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When will we move to impeach certain Supreme Court justices? (Part 1)

"Five conservative Republican men serving on the Supreme Court, led by a chief justice who has violated 200 years of judicial precedent, despite pledging under oath during his confirmation hearings to respect judicial precedent, are waging a legal war of mass destruction against core principles of American democracy . . ." -- Brent Budowsky Editorial from The Hill, April 9, 2014.

  Every June, I get nervous about the Supreme Court, and the Roberts's court in particular. My knees have been shaking at the very idea that they may rule anyway now to give Hobby Lobby and all corporations/employers' the ...

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Appendix available on-line for upcoming book

by Alice Popkorn Flickr/creative commons

A Course in Immortality was written, and translated to Spanish (Un Curso En Inmortalidad), almost 2 years ago as preparation and background for our planned book on the erotic connection to cosmic technology. This course is an explicit, prescriptive guide to navigating the paths of individual and collective erotic destiny. When published, The Unseen Journey (working title) will have this series of papers (number 0.0 - 0.9) as its Appendix. (Dan Massey and I cowrote A Course in Immortality, and just before Dan set out for higher shores unexpectedly in early 2013, we completed the first working ...

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Right-wingnuts bless progressives

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"The Republican base is driving the party toward a political agenda that makes its candidates increasingly unelectable for national and statewide offices." -- Howard Dean, former Vermont Governor, the preceding Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and founder of Democracy in Action, speaking to Politico Magazine

We spent the entire year before the 2008 presidential election, we only realized later, in a state of distress as we contemplated the downfall of our country should it be taken over by right-wing extremists or nut jobs like PTSD-sufferer John McCain. On election night, with Obama victorious, the tears flowed ...

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What is real and genuine?

by Alice Popkorn Flicker/creative commons

This is a newly carved out space to periodically share excerpts from our new book prior to its publication later this year. We welcome (we crave) your comments, suggestions, and critiques.

We already shared an excerpt pertaining to the unification of eros and agape, along with a little wisdom borrowed from Goldilocks. Next, we began to introduce the concept of the Supreme Being, not as a religious construct or mystical superstition, but as a logical conclusion of and representation of actualized Love. In fact, substituting the word, Love, for the words, Supreme Being, ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: ‘Escorting’ v. ‘Prostitution’

We're talking another look at this Sexual Freedom Project video in light of our recent post, "Voluntary sex work is destined to evolve into a legitimate Sexual Healing Industry." Regardless of what money exchanges whose hands, sex work is a legitimate part of our culture in that it is, with the exception of forced prostitution, an expression of comfort and love however foreign that idea may sound to some people. What do you think? Is there a difference between between what "escorts" are paid to do, and what "prostitutes" are paid to do? Is sex work labeled differently depending ...

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Are you sleeping through a revolution?

Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Chris Tank located in the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, DC Flickr/Creative Commons

"One of the great liabilities of history is the fact that all too many people find themselves amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to achieve the new attitudes and the new mental outlook that the new situation demands." -- Martin Luther King, Jr., Springfield College Commencement , June 14, 1964

It was empowering this week to re-read and reflect on an oft-overlooked commencement address by Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered 50 years ago at Springfield College. Just days before the speech, King was arrested with a group of demonstrators ...

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