Think Before You React. And Maybe Consider Not Being There in the First Place

(This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) According to more than one news report, political extremists are planning to engage in some sort of high profile behavior on Sunday, January 17. Inauguration Day is three days later. I haven’t heard where they’ll be, but I’ll plan on staying home. I live a few blocks from the Civic Center and Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, so that’s prudent. It’s each person’s judgment call to make, depending on where they live and whether it’s possible to stay home. Personally, I’ll be prepared to “keep a low … Continue reading Think Before You React. And Maybe Consider Not Being There in the First Place

Today in San Francisco History

(Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) WARNING: HISTORY LESSON! HISTORY LESSON! Today, May 21, is the fortieth anniversary of the Dan White verdict and “White Night” riots which occurred in the S.F. Civic Center and Castro District. People still debate whether the riots had a positive long-term effect on LGBT rights. I say they didn’t, and shouldn’t have happened in the first place. The far-out nature of the verdict made a violent public reaction likely, though, so no one should have been surprised. Dan White’s crime was viewed as homophobic, and San … Continue reading Today in San Francisco History

Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

Some of us have wondered about this for awhile.  When we see a Fox News segment, it can be reminiscent of one of the Reverend Jerry Falwell’s sermons.  It doesn’t stand up to critical thinking, but it has the right appeal to people who regard it as a comfort zone. Comfort zones can be addictive.  Invariably, you must give up something for that comfort, too.  Sacrificing something in the real world is necessary to keep the comfort consistent. According to an article by Luke O’Neil on The Intelligencer page on New York Magazine’s website, some Fox News viewers have given up more than their critical thinking skills.  Some … Continue reading Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

The George Michael Essay You May Have Missed

(Note:  A link to a 2005 essay on The Advocate’s website by George Michael appears at the end of this post.) The Advocate, an LGBT publication founded in 1967, has never achieved mainstream popularity.  However, occasionally it has had features that appeal to people who don’t fit the magazine’s readership profile. I remember buying The Advocate in 1979, when I was first coming out as bisexual.  At the time, I thought maybe I was gay, but more recent history has proven otherwise.  Still bi. When I was coming out, The Advocate was printed on newsprint — the correct name for the paper used … Continue reading The George Michael Essay You May Have Missed