Immigration Reform 2013: Mark Zuckerberg’s Lobbying Group Has Already Lost Key Donors

Mark Zuckerburg’s forays into political action aren’t proving to be successful. After launching on Aprill 11, Zuckerberg’s lobbying group FWD.us has managed to quickly anger allies and lose support from key donors. As the organization defines itself, “FWD.us is an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the … Continue reading

Another Day at Cinequest

So today I’ve seen three films. But only two new ones. I started the day seeing The Other Family (La Otra Familia) which I also saw last week. Refresher for those who didn’t see that post my comments on that: “Charming, nuanced, not cheesy, enough of a bite to be real and enough sweetness to … Continue reading

Young Film Makers at Cinequest (And Prop 8 is live streamed as a play)

Today I saw three productions – two at Cinequest, and one online. The online one was AFER‘s production of 8 – a play which takes dialog directly from the court transcripts of the prop 8 trial before Judge Walker. I always fear watching young film makers first works. On one hand the age means we … Continue reading

My thoughts on Prop 8…

I could try to write something now but I feel like today’s ruling said so much that it speaks for itself…Page 38 was the best part in my view: “We are excited to see someone ask, “Will you marry me?”, whether on bended knee in a restaurant or in text splashed across a stadium Jumbotron. … Continue reading

Prop 8 Unconstitutional

Prop 8 once again declared unconstitutional The question of whether Judge Walker should have reclused himself and if the ruling should be struck down due to his orientation and having a same-sex partner was also decided as a no. However the proponents are allowed to appeal the decision So this could continue on…

Prop 8

Tomorrow’s Prop 8 ruling will likely cover three parts to the case… 1) If former U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself from hearing the case because he is gay and had a long-time partner with whom he was not married (and therefore might have an interest in marrying someday) 2) If … Continue reading

Why I’m not impressed with Komen (Despite changing their stance on PP)

Last night I was going to post about Komen and Planned Parenthood but today’s news changes that thought train but I still think it is worth commenting on. For background see Rachel Maddow’s summary from last night. Attacking Planned Parenthood is not new, so why is it so hugely different when The Susan G. Komen for … Continue reading

Support Young Dems

My Campus Democrat chapter at UCSB has an enthusiastic group of active go-getters this year and their convention sign up was greater than expected.With the election this fall, allowing young Democrats to come to convention not only increases their commitments, it exposes them to the processes, training, and allows them to build ties with more … Continue reading

State of the Union gut reactions (no research or follow up work done…)

Personally I wasn’t too impressed with the SOTU. It felt too focused on the military and banking without addressing the elephant in the room of #OccupyWallSt; there were too many military points without addressing increased militarization of civilian police. And given the number of on going battles on a state level against roe v. wade … Continue reading

Random Thoughts

I need to post about #OccupyOakland’s events from yesterday. But that would take a lot more mental energy than I currently have due to being out for so many hours yesterday, getting home late, watching the livestream deteriorate as things turned violent, waking up early for the first day of working at a new temp … Continue reading