Dec 28, 2008

Gay rights: a move in the right direction (except for the U.S)

First and foremost let's thank LOUIS-GEORGES TIN --founder of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia)-- who is behind the first gay rights declaration that was read last week at the United Nations.

"United Nations: First Gay Rights Declaration Wins Much Support, United States Opposes It."

'More than 50 countries opposed to the declaration, including members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, issued a joint statement Thursday criticizing the initiative as an unwarranted attempt to give special prominence to gays and lesbians. The statement suggested that protecting sexual orientation could lead to "the social normalization and possibly the legalization of deplorable acts" such as pedophilia and incest. RIGHT. WE ALL KNOW PEDOPHILIA AND INCEST IS A GAY THING, DON'T WE! GAY IS THE EASY TARGET, THE CONVENIENT CULPRIT THAT STRAIGHT PEOPLE USE TO BLAME THEIR OWN DEVIANCES ON.
The European nations backing the declaration waged their campaign in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Dutch foreign affairs minister, Maxime Verhagen, said countries that endorsed that 1948 document had no right to carve out exceptions based on religion or culture that allowed discrimination against gays. SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE WANT THEIR CAKE AND EAT TOO.
"Human rights apply to all people in all places at all times," he said. "I will not accept any excuse."' REALLY, WHAT'S SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND? DOES SEEING A HOMELESS PERSON OUT IN THE COLD MAKE ONE FEEL WARMER?

The countries (names in French) who signed the declaration:
Andorre, Argentine, Arménie, Australie, Autriche, Belgique, Bosnie-Herzegovine, Brésil, Bulgarie, Canada, Cap-Vert, République de Centre-Afrique, Chili, Croatie, Chypre, République Tchèque, Danemark, Equateur, Estonie, Finlande, France, Gabon, Géorgie, Allemagne, Grèce, Hongrie, Islande, Irlande, Israël, Italie, Japon, Lettonie, Liechtenstein, Lituanie, Luxembourg, Malte, Mexique, Monténegro, Pays-Bas, Nouvelle-Zélande, Norvège, Portugal, Roumanie, San Marin, Serbie, Slovaquie, Slovénie, Espagne, Suède, Suisse, ex-république Yougoslave de Macédoine, Royaume-Uni, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Dec 17, 2008

Bush, humiliated?

"As our global community transitions from the ill-fated presidency of George W. Bush to the much-anticipated presidency of Barack Obama, we can take comfort knowing the gigantic imprint of history's "shoe" will leave a much more humiliating mark on the Bush legacy than a pair of misguided size 10 Iraqi shoes thrown in his general direction."
-Arsalan Iftikhar

Exactly my point.
I don't really see Bush being more humiliated by a pair of shoes thrown at him than by his own idiosyncrasies. The shoe throwing incident can't possibly be more humiliating than the plethora of bushisms the world has seen and made fun of over his 8 years of presidency. Bush's whole presidency has been punctuated by such humiliating moments that they will forever be part of History. Actually he even managed to turn most of those moments into a joke, laughing at himself with the rest of the world so as to not be the butt of the joke, but rather the joker himself. Killing two birds with one stone Bush made a crack about the size of the shoes thrown at him while at the same time belittling the gesture of the man throwing shoes at him. He actually managed to show the world he has some good reflexes too. It would probably have been a different story had he been hit in the face by the guy's shoes. Imagine Bush with a red size 10 shoe mark on his cheek!
What i did find very humiliating was the G20 summit world leaders refusing to shake hands with Bush, or worse, ignoring him altogether. Here too, it was all gesture, but this time he was completely alone against a whole group of people and there was no culprit to blame for what was happening to him. That to me said much more than 2 shoes he managed to duck, no matter how insulting it is in the Arab world. After all, Bush got tomatoes thrown at him, by his own people, on his way to the White House on inauguration day.

Dec 15, 2008

"Two Cheers for Rod Blagojevich" by Frank Rich

The new hip trio of "caganers": Obama, Carla and Nicolas

Cagar means to shit in Spanish. "Caganer" is Catalan for "pooper".
"The caganer is a particular feature of modern Catalan nativity scenes... The exact origin of the Caganer is lost, but the tradition has existed since the 17th century."
Among the explanations as to why a "caganer" would have its place in a holy scene, here are some of my favorites:
-"The Caganer represents the equality of all people: regardless of status, race, or gender, everyone defecates."
-"The idea that God will manifest her/himself when s/he is ready, without regard for whether we human beings are ready or not."

Looks like Carla's poop's darker than Nicolas'. It is definitely redder — I wonder if that was an attempt from the caganer makers to match Carla's hair with her poop. Lovely. In the realm of good taste we are flying high and fast, we might even have reached the sound barrier.
I don't know how Nicolas Sarkozy feels about this one but I'd rather be represented as a voodoo doll than as a pooper. Knowing how he felt about the voodoo doll bearing his effigy, he must feel pretty fucked up right now! Although now that Obama has his own caganer Sarkozy might feel as popular as the President-elect. And that my friend isn't negligible.