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Archive for February 2007

[META] Any suggestions?

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Written by Randy McDonald

February 8, 2007 at 4:48 pm

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[URBAN NOTE] Aftermath

I haven’t heard from the police yet about Monday’s event at Spadina station, and so I don’t know if the case is going to proceed to trial. I wouldn’t be surprised if the attacker pled out: I can’t imagine how his actions could not be interpreted as an unprovoked felony assault.

The most distressing legacy of the attack for me is a certain uneasiness, something that I felt faintly when I revisited Spadina station Thursday afternoon, and more strongly when hastened to board the Dufferin bus after a street person asked me for change. Monday night’s encounter was quite exceptional in my experience–I’ve never before been at risk of violent attack by homeless people before, and none of the friends I’ve talked to have had similar experiences–but that new distrust and fear is still there. I don’t know how long it will take to overcome this decided overgeneralization. (So this is how prejudices are formed.)

Written by Randy McDonald

February 3, 2007 at 7:28 pm

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[LINK] A Fistful of Euros on Serbia and Kosova

Over at the group blog A Fistful of Euros, Douglas Muir writing about the decrepit state of the Kosovar mining economy and the possible mechanics of Kosovar independence, Edward Hugh exploring Serbia’s new existential problems and (over at Demography Matters) Serbia’s failure to recover in timely fashion from its 1990s economic collapses.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 2, 2007 at 4:55 pm

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[LINK] Dan Savage on Mary Cheney

I’ve written in the past about the apparent contradiction between Mary Cheney‘s affiliation with conservative and homophobic elements of the Republican Party and her own sexual orientation. Dan Savage has a rather nice blogged response to her claim that her personal life–a partner, soon a child–is irrelevant to public discourse on gay rights in the United States.

Yes, it’s a baby, not a prop. My kid isn’t a prop either, but that never stopped right-wingers from attacking me and my boyfriend over our decision to become parents. The fitness of same-sex couples to parent is very much part of the political debate thanks to the GOP and the Christian bigots that make up its lunatic “base.” You’re a Republican, Mary, you worked on both of your father’s campaigns, and you kept your mouth clamped shut while Karl Rove and George Bush ran around the country attacking gay people, gay parents, and our children in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006. It’s a little late to declare the private choices of gays and lesbians unfit for public debate, Mary.

And so long as your party insists on making the fitness of homosexuals to marry or parent—or, hell, exist—a subject of public debate, Mary, your decision to become a parent is germane and very much fit for public discussion and debate. The GOP’s selective embrace of some pregnant dykes—only knocked-up lesbians with powerful connections will be treated with respect—is a disconnect that demands answers. From you, from your father, from your venomous mother, from the idiot president you helped elect. Is that fair? Maybe not. Want to blame someone? Go look in the mirror—and then come out swinging, Mary—for yourself, your partner, and your child.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 2, 2007 at 4:51 pm

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