Tommi Avicolli Mecca's Blog – June 2013 Archive (4)

What Snowden really exposed

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Back when I was a kid, telephones had a party line, that is, you shared the connection with another customer, usually someone in the same neighborhood. It was how residential phone service was provided back then.

What a pain in the ass it was. Anytime you picked up the phone, night or day, someone you didn’t even know could be yakking away like there was no tomorrow. Sometimes for hours. It was especially awful when I…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 28, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

I don't want military recruiters at Pride

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

I approached the table in drag. Radical drag, that is. I wasn’t trying to pass as a woman. I was being a gender outlaw. Like a lot of gay liberationists, I didn’t believe in the binary gender system. 

I was wearing a halter top,…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 25, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

No atheist need apply

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

A hundred years ago, you might have seen NINA (No Italian Need Apply) signs in store windows. In Houston these days, it might well read, "No Atheist Need Apply." At least if U.S. immigration officials in that Texas city have their way. They apparently believe you can only be a conscientious objector if you’re a member of a church or religious organization. At least that’s what Margaret Doughty, an atheist from Britain who has been a…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 20, 2013 at 7:07am — No Comments

When it comes to spying, Obama is Bush

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Spying has come a very long way since I was a kid.

Back then, we had Bella who lived a few doors down from us. All of five-foot tall with a mouth the size of the Grand Canyon, she knew everything about everybody in our South Philly Italian neighborhood. Not to mention everything that went on for blocks around. She didn’t need high-tech listening devices or infra-red cameras. She had the eyes of an eagle and the ears of a…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 17, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

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