Saturday, June 13, 2009

On a Lighter Note...Bat-N-Rouge

Okay...I know I have been hitting on a lot of political and social commentary on my blog. This time I promise there will be nothing political per se. Just simply a lil run down on the events of today.

Today was the 13th annual Bat-N-Rouge charity softball game on Capitol Hill in Seattle. It is a Dykes vs. Drag Queens softball game. The queens are all decked out in their finest...many wear heels...and yes they ran in them. The dykes...well...faux mullets and flannel are the attire of choice.

I was asked to umpire. This was mainly due to my long association with the Emerald City Softball Association players (who made up the majority of both teams) and my well known on field antics when I play. They needed someone to help entertain the crowd along with the emcees...and an ump with humor would be a good fit.

So as an ump I lived up to my billing. Calling time out before a pitch to give a queen a wet t-shirt. Dancing with players on the field. One queen got a small rip in his mini skirt as he was I helped up ripping the skirt further. The dykes would wrestle between innings for money...I would go out and referee it. I did one half inning eating a snow cone (my onfield partner one upped me by eating a hot dog).

The whole thing was a wild outting...and a lot of fun! :) So many people were entertained as evidenced by the laughter. The player had a good time too...and I was complimented by the majority of them for making the game a little more fun. I had a blast too and look forward to doing it again next year (I hope to be asked back...and if reactions right after the game are any indication I am likely to).

Monday, June 1, 2009

Domestic Terrorism

Just wanted to say how upset I am that yet another right wing whack job feels the need to use violence to advance their cause. People like the guy who murdered Dr. Tiller in Witchita, KS are DOMESTIC TERRORISTS on par with the likes of the Taliban and al-Qaeda!

I do not say this lightly. If you think about it...they are identical. The people who commit these heinous acts are:
1) men (who often believe women are inferior to themselves)
2) religious zealots
3) feel the need to use violence to advance their beliefs

They have bombed clinics, threatened people who work at them, vandalized property and worst of all physically attacked people. All of this in the name of their god who says that they should respond with violence because people do not believe the way they do. Yes, they claim to be saving babies. While I do not wish to get into the abortion debate (we all have different views on when life begins), the act of killing as a response to a what one believes is murder of babies is akin to the antiquated eye for and eye justice that is used by the likes of such human rights backwaters like Saudi Arabia.

So...for all the righties out there who cheered for this murder (even tacitly as some have by further saying that abortion needs to be outlawed while not directly condemning this act), I think we need to apply your logic to the problem. My solution is simple. Apply the "War on Terrorism" to domestic terrorists. You all support if completely. So why not go after domestic terrorists? Oh...I forgot...they support your side. After all...the ones who actually commit violence against people are almost always (99.99%) right wing loons. When was the last time you heard of a left wing terrorist (and they do exist...see ELF) actually kill someone?

Terrorism is wrong. Period. If the right wing nuts in this country cannot see this act for what it is then we need to use it as a wake up call.