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Carry Me Swiftly Towards Salvation - Part 1

Prologue

March 3, 2010

“I wonder how long it would take?” she thought as she stared down at the frigid, swiftly moving water below. Probably not long at this time of year. It was a cold March morning and she’d reached her breaking point. The human spirit can only take so much stress and disappointment before it finally gives out. She looked down at her phone. Still nothing.

The dialog in her head started up again, as it did so many mornings. “How did I…

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Added by lemonpulp on March 29, 2015 at 5:52pm — 8 Comments

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  Oh wow. The Gov stepped in the woopie pie that the brilliant minds in the state legislature left lying in a pile on the capitol rotunda floor.  His shoe is thoroughly soiled.  It is going to take a month of Sundays to scrape it all off.…

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Added by Greetings from The Mother Ship on March 28, 2015 at 4:30pm — 13 Comments

christian hate marches on

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

For those who thought Christianity had joined the 21st Century or at least the 20th, think again. The Inquisition, pogroms and witch burnings may be centuries in the past, but the hatred that sparked those atrocities is alive and well in the hearts of those who believe in the dead carpenter’s son who supposedly walked on water after turning it into wine, or something like that. Consider recent news stories.

One of the premiere Catholic churches…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 24, 2015 at 7:33am — 92 Comments

Reviews Of Nantucket Film Festival’s 2nd Comedy Roundtable, Secrets Of The Freemasons, Decoding Deepak, Are All Men Pedophiles?, And (A)Sexual.

Copyright © by Dan Schneider

  I recently watched five pointless documentaries, streaming them on Netflix. They were Nantucket Film Festival’s 2nd Comedy Roundtable, Secrets Of The Freemasons, Decoding Deepak, Are All Men Pedophiles?, and (A)Sexual.

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  The first of the five films I watched was a 2013, 51 minute long, film that had no listed director and seemed to be little more than a goof, taped at a festival for which it…

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Added by Dan Schneider on March 14, 2015 at 11:39pm — No Comments

SF archbishop goes after queers again

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is asking that language be included in the new contracts and handbooks of teachers in four of his church’s schools (including two in San Francisco) to require them to uphold Catholic teachings in the classroom and in their personal lives.

The right-wing archbishop says that this language already exists, he merely wants to “strengthen” it. 

Have no doubt about it, the language is aimed at…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

MLK Day and the Question Remains

The question remains

For what it's worth I'm an old white dude with no real reason to complain but today it occurred to me that the question remains, "How the hell shall we ever overcome anything when half  the world walks the streets with their hands up unable to breathe?"

 For a more in depth …

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Added by JMac1949 Today on January 19, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

I hate xmas

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Ten reasons I hate xmas:
 
1. the birth of an imaginary savior whose name is used to justify everything from slavery to sending children off to die in a crusade, not to mention denying women control of their bodies and condemning people for loving whomever they want. December 25 is a date that was chosen for his birth because it was the Roman Saternalia, not because he was actually born on that date. No one knows when he was born…
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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 17, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

One tough mama

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Mama’s birthday is coming up in a few days. If she were alive, she’d be 104.  She died in 1990 after a horrible battle with cancer. 

Before she died, she told me I’d be going on a long journey. At the time I had never been to San Francisco or any place further than Boston to the north or New Jersey to the East. I had never even considered leaving Philly, my hometown. I was born and raised in the working-class streets of…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on December 15, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

A little something to be thankful for

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

It’s really difficult to feel anything resembling “thankful” this year. What for? Living in a country where cops continue to get away with murdering young black men, and where the poor get poorer and the rich suck up every ounce of air and resources for miles around?

Times are beyond dismal. America the ugly is engaged in endless wars in the middle east over oil that eat up most of the national budget and destroy…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on November 26, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Apple CEO needs to do more than come out

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I’m glad that Tim Cook has finally come out publicly. Everyone should. Living in the closet is not healthy, even for a giant of the tech industry. The Apple CEO broke open his closet doors in an essay in the latest issue of BusinessWeek

“Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me,” he writes, adding that his company has been in the forefront of…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 30, 2014 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

The most senseless thing in the universe

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Death makes no sense. It’s the end of things. Human, animal or plant, we ultimately all meet the same fate. It doesn't matter who we are or how much money or power we have, the critter with the robes and sickle will claim us at some point in our lives, sometimes after a terrible illness, sometimes in a freak accident or sometimes in war or at the hands of a maniac with a gun.

 It's not how we die, it's the…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on October 25, 2014 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Mixed Race Mix Up

Fact is stranger than fiction!



Apparently, this lesbian couple would have had no difficulty in raising their child in the town of Uniontown, Ohio, if the sperm had come from the blonde haired, blue eyed donor they had originally chosen.



They have determined the town to be racially intolerant. They're suing the sperm bank for money to move to a larger, more diverse, and ostensibly, more tolerant community.



There are thousands of small towns and communities across… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on October 2, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Lavender Commencement talk to Samuel Merritt University, May 2014

This is my 2nd invitation here: thanks to Cecily Crosby and Craig Elliott for the first one; and now to Anglyn Sasser and the whole SMU Pride Committee.

On my first visit to Merritt, after showing our film Transgender Tuesdays, in response to a question I think I went on about how to approach patients in a way that elicits their input, finding out what they consider important, rather than beginning with the stereotypical, “How can I help you?” I am pretty sure it was…

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Added by Mark Freeman FNP on June 20, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

SF pride is right to ban the military

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

SF Pride’s recent decision to ban military recruiters from setting up tables at the fair that follows the annual parade is the right thing to do. The military is not a fit vendor for an event that celebrates all that we can be.

Pride’s rationale for banning the recruiters is threefold: the military may welcome lesbians, gays and bisexuals, but it still discriminates against transgender people; it uses…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 18, 2014 at 8:06am — 4 Comments

I never wanted to be my father's son

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

My father’s birthday is this week. Father’s Day is later this month.

That’s twice I’ll be thinking of him, that larger-than-life, small-statured, conservative southern Italian man who contributed half of my genetic material. The man Mama chose because she said he made her laugh. Mama was a beauty, she had many courters. She always said she could have married men who had an easier time supporting their families.…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 2, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

I stand with Chelsea Manning

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Last year, I was part of a group that organized several protests when San Francisco Pride’s board of directors rescinded Chelsea Manning’s election as a grand marshal for the annual June parade. 

Manning is, of course, the transgender ex-Army soldier who leaked thousands of pages of classified documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to WikiLeaks that, among other things, show an an American airstrike on…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 15, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Obituary for Edwin Huntington Parker

This is an obituary I wrote for my friend Edwin Huntington Parker. He was known as Hunter to his friends. I originally submitted this article to the "Philadelphia Daily News".  I was unhappy when the obituary ran in the paper with another writer's name on it and Hunter's name misspelled. The "Daily News" published a correction that said I provided the information. Unfortunately someone could interpret that I provided the misinformation. I am publishing the original obituary…

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Added by Cei Bell on April 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Dear Tech Workers:

I want to talk.

I want to try and explain why people resent you and the big shiny bus on which you ride in and out of town. It’s a symbol of the disparity between your world and the one the rest of us occupy. 

There’s no wifi on my bus. No food. No tinted windows. MUNI riders get to be packed like sardines and yelled at by drivers who have no choice but to keep cramming people on board. Service just seems to keep getting cut.

To add…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 19, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The great earthquake of 2014

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

These days, Tony Bennett would be leaving more than his heart in San Francisco. He’d be saying goodbye to his apartment and friends as he got priced out of the city. Or evicted by some speculator looking to make a mint off his beautiful Victorian flat. 

Scott McKenzie would simply be telling folks NOT to come to San Francisco unless you work for the tech industry and can afford more than a flower in your…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 17, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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