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Ron's personal web log that includes photography, libertarianism, gay issues, politics, as well as generally sarcastic and cynical views on the state of everything.
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2001-03-06 00:00:00 
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Marriage Equality Celebration in the Castro  »  Ron's Log
I got there early yesterday as they were setting up and I stuck around for only about the first half hour of the actual celebration. It was cold and windy and the sun was about to set. But I got some photos. ...
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Posted:  6/28 1:54am
Rainbows  »  Ron's Log
Dan Savage explains. How was it that this one song resonated so deeply with me when I was only 8? Pink boas $2 cheaper than other lesser colors at the Walgreen in the Castro. Yesterday as I was walking through San Francisco's Civic Center wearing my accustomed attire (clothes, I mean), a man on a bicycle passing me called out "It's been a good day for the pink team!" The new I-35 bridge in Minneapolis. World Trade Center. In St. Louis. Kansas City. SFO control tower. Little Rock. ...
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Posted:  6/27 10:24pm
Frank Kameny In Labor Hall Of Honor  »  Ron's Log
Frank Kameny filed the first civil rights appeal based on homosexuality with his employer, the U.S. Civil Service in 1957. He lost. He went on to become a co-founder of the Mattachine Society. In 1965 he organized the first gay protest at the White House. He was the first openly gay candidate for Congress in 1971. "In 1975, his long search for a gay service member with an impeccable record to initiate a challenge to the military's ban on homosexuals culminated in protege Leonard Matlovich, a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force with 11 ...
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Posted:  6/27 10:58pm
Youtube Celebrates  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  6/28 12:13am
Thomas  »  Ron's Log
Scalia is an entertaining troglodyte, but Clarence Thomas is sick - and I don't mean that the good way. He shares his opinion of the dignity of slaves and the dignity of victims of the Holocaust. Human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those ...
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Posted:  6/28 12:06am
"tear our clothes off, fill the streets and party like hell"  »  Ron's Log
That's Steve Lopez's recommendation as a response to Scalia's removal of California from the West. It's a good recommendation for just about any issue. Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post went doggedly in search of a "hippie." Neil Cousins, a 61-year-old man from Alexandria protesting nuclear weapons outside the White House, said he had come to this very park in the 1970s for pot smoke-ins, but added that there really haven't been hippies around since the Grateful Dead stopped touring. He was nonetheless willing to offer a judgment on Scalia's assertion that marriage abridges rather than expands intimacy. ...
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Posted:  6/27 11:56pm
Texas Governor Orders Religious Discrimination Across The Board  »  Ron's Log
You just can't make this shit up. This is part of his direction to state agency heads: I expect all agencies under my direction to prioritize compliance with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Article I of the Texas Constitution, and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. All state agency heads should ensure that no one acting on behalf of their agency takes any adverse action against any person, as defined in Chapter 311 of the Texas Government Code, on account of the person's act or refusal to act that is substantially motivated by sincere religious ...
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Posted:  6/28 12:18am
Pride Weekend in San Francisco  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  6/27 1:06am
David Best's Hayes Valley Temple  »  Ron's Log
Tonight, in Patricia's Green at Linden and Hayes Streets in San Francisco, David Best will open his Hayes Valley Temple to the public. It's the same temple that he constructed there in 2005. David Best built the first temple at Burning Man and has built the majority of temples there since then. I'm pretty sure they're not going to burn this one. ...
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Posted:  6/27 1:05am
Obergefell V. Hodges  »  Ron's Log
What a title to go into history. But in all the celebration, don't overlook the dissent from Justice Nutjob which begins on page 72 of the PDF of the Supreme Court's decision. In it he bemoans the fact that the Justices do not represent a cross section of the United States (like we hadn't already noticed that decades ago). He says that on the court there is "Not a single South-westerner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner (California does not count)." What is the ultimate western state if not a western state? Heaven maybe? A ...
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Posted:  6/27 1:24am
Military Veterans Honored At Burning Man  »  Ron's Log
Camphellnback will be displaying art that is "borrowed or donated from our own campers, as well as independent artists and art therapy programs at active military and veteran hospitals." And they will create a 32-foot Memorial Wall:Our Memorial Wall is a space where we leave the names of our own friends and family who served their country. Our visitors are welcome to write messages to their loved ones or those veterans they did not know but still appreciate. At the end of the event, the wall will be disassembled and brought to the temple, where it will be burned ...
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Posted:  6/26 7:33am
Pentagramal Spiral Stairway At Burning Man  »  Ron's Log
The people who brought the Cradle of MIR to the playa in 2013 will be building what looks to be a fascinating structure of five intersecting stairways. Own Way: Unfortunately the video suffers from unnecessarily loud music - or unnecessarily soft speakers. ...
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Posted:  6/26 7:05am
National Park Service Backs Away From Confederate Flag Sales  »  Ron's Log
A press release today: National Parks Pull Confederate Flag Sales Items WASHINGTON – Confederate Battle Flag sales items are being removed from national park bookstores and gift shops. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," National Park Service Director Jonathan B. J arvis said of the agency's reputation for telling difficult parts of our history. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park. Any stand-alone depictions of Confederate flags have no place in park stores." Jarvis said the murders of nine church members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, ...
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Posted:  6/25 8:09pm
Burning Man Events  »  Ron's Log
Burning Man has launched the events pages that list the thousands of events that are, uh, listed. The great majority of "events" never get listed. The list is interactive for now, so camps can add more events. Keep coming back if your favorite freak is not represented. I found two events that, I think, represent the opposite poles of art and fun on the playa:
  1. #itsbeenalongtimecoming
  2. Black Rock City Self-Service Abortion Clinic
The titles don't really tell you much. ...
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Posted:  6/24 8:57am