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"I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't."

- Sarah Palin, when told that a $50,000 taxpayer-funded redecoration of her office was illegal without council approval
It's been kinda quiet on both the LJ and DJ fronts this month, and for good reason. I've been busy with work (it's a cyclical thing, and right now is a very busy period), and I've been getting ready for Burning Man.

We're setting up our own theme camp this year, called Paradise Motel. It's basically a roadside motel, complete with DJ setup and fake-pool dance floor, bright fake-stucco walls, pink flamingos, neon-ish EL wire, and a kick-ass EL-neon sign.

But, of course, the big news for me personally is that I'm spinning at the AFTERGLOW party at the Comfort and Joy camp next Thursday. So far the weekend-ish lineup (that I know about) includes myself, Honey Soundsystem, and Nikita. That's a pretty kick-ass group of people to be associated with.
"It's no surprise that Senator McCain likes to bring out his 96-year-old mother Roberta, I suppose. The problem is that she is a lot perkier than he. The gentleman has had a few bad weeks, thundering in a dithery way about America's enemies, looking vaguely purposeful campaigning up and down supermarket aisles as if he couldn't remember what kind of cheese he'd been sent to buy."

- Garrison Keillor
I know many people who supported Obama because of his stance on privacy and FISA. Why is he backtracking now? I understand the political expediency argument, that this will get him points on the national security front. However, this doesn't hold water. Granting amnesty to telecoms for participating in illegal activity doesn't enhance our national security, it only weakens our civil liberties.

If you break the voters down into two populations -- those who pay attention and think for themselves and those who don't -- Barack is in the process of alienating the former. The latter is already convinced that Barack is a Muslim with an angry black wife who is intent on giving America over to the terrorists.

Just my two cents. Plus the $1200 I've donated to the campaign, on faith that Barack would stand by his principles.

I probably should have taken more time to compose this but I was on my way to a meeting. Feel free to email Bill Burton yourself to urge Obama to filibuster the FISA bill when it goes to the Senate.

For more information on Barack's backtrack on FISA:

The one-sentence summary of the FISA bill: it legalizes many of the warrantless eavesdropping activities George Bush secretly and illegally ordered in 2001.
"The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating …and you finish off as an orgasm."

- George Carlin

(via Lonelysandwich)
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From the unintentional-gay-humor department:

"Intel Looks to Power Bottom of Market"
Seriously, this video has it all. Chris Crocker, that singing fat kid, Miss South Carolina... I can't even recount here.
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They should totally redo this ad with a Mac Mini:
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In the short term, the gay marriage ruling is great news. We stopped by the Castro for dinner and there was literally dancing in the streets. But left to sleep on it, I'm left somewhat pensive. The reason for this is simple:

I hate being a fucking pawn.

It's true that I want to be a part of history, to be someone who got married when it first became legal. But do I want our wedding pictures to be used in right-wing propaganda without our permission? Do I want to be portrayed as an evil which is hellbent on destroying the country? The right-wing will vilify us for fun and profit and, if the protracted fight to get the Dems' nomination ruins their chances in '08, we'll be blamed by the left for spoiling the election again.

On the other hand, it's quite possible that the Republicans shot their wad on this in '04. At least some people realize now that they were duped into re-electing Bush on wedge issues such as this one. Others may be willing to hold their nose and vote against their social convictions based on foreign policy and economic views. But, most importantly, most of the swing states have already passed discriminatory constitutional amendments. There's nothing new to put on the ballot this year to mobilize voters. Massachusetts has allowed gay marriage for years and they haven't invoked Armageddon just yet.

So -- there's hope. But we have to take action this time. Serious action. We need to educate the public, build awareness, and -- most importantly -- VOTE. Don't let a permanent stain of bigotry get written into our state's constitution.
A little back-story:

Since I work on (actually, at this point, manage) the Wiki Server product at Apple, I've been doing WWDC presentations of the product for a few years. At one point I used the term "stuDLycaPs" to make fun of other Wiki products, which often require you to construct links UsingTermsLikeThis. One of my co-workers started referring to me as StudlyCaps and it stuck.

So there we go -- DJ stuDLycaPs.