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We Were Born to Shine: Obama Issues Commemoration for Gay Pride Month

Because We Believe:

Photography by: Annie Leibovitz

United States Senator Barack Obama released the following statement last week to commemorate Gay Pride Month:

“Pride Month is a reminder that while we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do.

Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.

It’s time to turn the page on the bitterness and bigotry that fill so much of today’s LGBT rights debate. The rights of all Americans should be protected — whether it’s at work or anyplace else. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs to be repealed because patriotism and a sense of duty should be the key tests for military service, not sexual orientation. Civil unions should give gay couples full rights. And those who commit hate crimes should be punished no matter whether those crimes are committed on account of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

This Pride Month, let’s make our founding promise of equality a reality for every American.”

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Photo of the Day: You Can’t Go Home Again

Obama Issues Official Commemoration for Gay Pride Month

Because We Believe:

United States Senator Barack Obama released the following statement yesterday to commemorate Gay Pride Month:

“Pride Month is a reminder that while we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do.

Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.

It’s time to turn the page on the bitterness and bigotry that fill so much of today’s LGBT rights debate. The rights of all Americans should be protected — whether it’s at work or anyplace else. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs to be repealed because patriotism and a sense of duty should be the key tests for military service, not sexual orientation. Civil unions should give gay couples full rights. And those who commit hate crimes should be punished no matter whether those crimes are committed on account of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

This Pride Month, let’s make our founding promise of equality a reality for every American.”

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Lump and Split: Order is in the Mind of the Tagger

There was a time when it was assumed that God had created a perfectly ordered the universe.  Within that universe, we assumed that each thing had its own place, clustered with other things like it, but also each being essentially different from the other things in the cluster.  The clusters were themselves clustered, creating a Grand Tree of Everything, each branching determined by a perfectly unambiguous definition.

But, although God knew all of the the definitions, it was often hard for mere mortals to grasp exactly what it was that He had in mind.  What were the most relevant principles guiding decisions about likeness and difference?  For example, did it matter more where they lived, how they looked, or how they behaved?

Finally, we got past the notion that there must be a single right order.  Now, for all of those who want to know their universe the task of creating order in the world is more like:  Go forth and lump and split.  “Lump” and “split,” are, surprisingly, technical terms currently in use among professional indexers.  A “Lumper” takes things that seem disparate and combines them because they have something similar.  A “Splitter” tends to take two things that are lumped together and separate them into smaller categories. Indexers tend to be one or the other, their technique driven by their personality.

So, go forth into your world and Lump and Split.  Order is in the eye of the tagger.

Read more here: Social Tagging

You are invited to look at the manner in which I tag in my own home library:



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My Home Library is Open for Guests

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Visitors are welcome to browse through a selection of books from my home library. This small collection covers a wide range of reading interests, and reflects some of the ways that I think about a number of social and cultural issues. Careful readers will perceive that the particular selection of books being offered, along with the detailed manner in which the books are tagged, tells a story.

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My Dots for Saturday, March 24, 2007

“Its so hard to be a prince.”

[photograph, photographs, Prince Harry, drunk England, royal family

“An Authoritative Guide to Blogging.”

Rule 1: Never write a guide telling people how to blog things.

Rule 2: Most things look better when you put them in a circle. Use lots of circles in your blog.

Rule 3: If you really insist on having a good guide to narrative journalism for bloggers, this article is for you. It presents blogging guidelines initially developed by Michael Polla for a presentation on Narrative Journalism that was presented at The 2006 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism.

Rule 4: Don’t be too proud—this really can be very useful in helping you to develop and enrich your own unique blogging writing style. Take a look and learn! Plus, take a look and enjoy! I did, and you will too.

[tags: blogs, bloggers, blogger journalists, journalism, journalism for bloggers, weblogs, media, new media]

There is a gap between what we actually expect of patients in psychoanalysis and what we acknowledge we expect. In other words, perhaps we take for granted the patient’s ongoing intuitive sense of some of the ingredients that the relationship requires. This calls for a critique of the standard emphasis on denial of the possibility of responsible, relationship-cultivating ‘restraint’, seeing it almost always as irrational ‘resistance’ that requires interpretation.

Instead of attending so selectively to the possibility of ‘resistance’ whenever we notice patients exercising restraint in what they decide to tell us, we could consider giving them credit sometimes for their artfulness in imaginatively and sensitively contributing to an optimal analytic relationship.

Then we might find more opportunities to affirm our patients as responsible, social human beings rather than being so focused on their allegedly neurotic censorship and inhibitions, which are rendered seemingly unnecessary by our own illusions of saint-like interpersonal transcendence and tolerance.

[tags: blogs, psychoanalysis, contemporary psychoanalysis, relational, psychology, social constructivism]

The remaining charges against three Duke University lacrosse players originally indicted for rape may be dropped sometime within the next few days, according to a new report.

Inside Lacrosse Magazine writer Paul Caulfield told FOX News on Thursday that several sources have revealed to him that the assault and attempted kidnapping charges still pending against Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y.; Dave Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md.; and Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Falls, N.J., will soon be dropped.

Caulfield said his sources include more than just attorneys for the defense. “There is no case here and they will be hearing a dismissal in the coming days,” Caulfield told FOX News.

Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong last year indicted the three former players with raping an exotic dancer hired to perform at an off-campus lacrosse party on March 13, 2006. The dancer, who is black, claimed that she was sexually assaulted in a bathroom in the house by three white lacrosse players.

DNA was taken from all members of the university lacrosse team, except for the single black player on the team. DNA tests never conclusively proved that anyone on the team assaulted her. But DNA from other individuals was found in the accuser’s underwear, among other places.

The case caused a firestorm of racial tension in a community. Lacrosse coach Mike Pressler was essentially fired and last year’s spring season was canceled, Seligmann and Finnerty were suspended (Evans had already graduated by the time the story came out), and Duke began a rigorous review of how alcohol on and around campus is treated.

As the months went on, the story of the accuser — a 28-year-old student at North Carolina Central University — continued to change. When she acknowledged late last year that she could not be sure if she was actually raped, Nifong dropped the rape charges against the three players. The players had claimed their innocence all along, calling the charges “fantastic lies.”

Nifong is now facing ethics charges from the state bar association from, among other thing, concealing potentially exculpatory evidence that defense lawyers claim could have proved their clients’ innocence. There have been rumors that the families of Finnerty, Seligmann and Evans may be considering civil lawsuits against Nifong, Duke or the state if it turns out the accuser’s story doesn’t pan out and Nifong is found to be guilty of mishandling the case.

[tags: Duke Unversity lacrosse players, lacrosse players charges dropped, rape charges dropped, Duke University, media, Mike Nifong]

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