Wednesday, November 26, 2008
SHE's BACKKK!: The unsinkable and often time terse, Ms. Rosie O Donnell is back in our faces with a new prime time mash up this Wednesday night, 11.26.08. It's a "re-working" of the variety show format that went with Donny and Marie as well as many others decades ago. But, those crazy folks who want us to think that they know what we want to watch, found some bodies disposable cash to bring this thingy to life. Obviously, these creative folks missed that OMG disastrous day time Megan( Will & Grace) Mullally outing that went right into the abyss.
I don't know for the life of me why, but it seems that RO has a determined fan base that believes that every thing comes up "Rosie" in their entertainment world. I admire ODonnell for her determination and gutsy attitude, but sometimes it's all just a bit much. She has that "take no prisoner" persona with those public feuds with Barbra Walters, Elizabeth Hasslebeck, DT as in Trump, those scalawags who torpedoed her ill fated attempt at publishing a few years back and how can anybody forget that Broadway show bomb featuring gender bender Boy George. Of course Rosie, once deemed the "Queen of Nice" has no problem put it all out their, including her marriage to partner Kelly, her kids and all of her opinions via web cam. I guess that small screen scene just wouldn't do. She had to bring her bigger that life "everything" back to the boob tube for one more round of rose colored glasses entertainment. If you dare, check you local listings.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: The HIV/AIDS Prevention Coalition will hold a candlelight vigil on the grounds of the State Capitol at 4PM on Monday, December 1, 2008. This event is one of several events including the unfolding of panels of the AIDS Quilt on the Clinton Presidential grounds. In Arkansas, 1,882 people have died as a result of HIV/AIDS. The AHA Coalition will have a red rose for each person and remember their lives as we recommit ourselves to the fight against AIDS. They need 188 people to carry 10 roses so we can honor the 1,882 Arkansans that we have lost. For more info or If you would like to stand up and honor those who continue to fight this disease by attending the vigil and releasing balloons, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name and cell number. For info on the AIDS Quilt activities you can access it by calling 748.0419 or email email@example.com If you can participate at any of these activites, and you should, tell them that you heard about here at COP:24/7
Monday, November 24, 2008
Arkansas in Action: It came and went. The March for the repeal of Act 1, speareheaded by Center for Artistic Revolution. The entire event which got good coverage from local media and in some online blogs, also has created a simmering ground swell of activism. The cast net was a good mix of the electorate ranging from tweens to twilight whom descended on the capitol steps to rally the issue, meanwhile demand legislative attention. Somewhat surprising and eye opening was the participation of former judge Wendell Griffen who believes that the measure could be repealed with direct legislative involvement. The outspoken Griffen is not only a former Supreme Court Judge but also a Baptist minister whom I've known for some time. However, his outspokenness on this matter has sorta kinda broadsided me. Since I've never really actually heard him articulate a position on any other GLBTQ related issues. Especially during any of those fiery sermons I've been subjected too over the years. I wonder how the congregation is going to be reacting to this one on Sunday morning or those other bible thumpers in the ministral alliance. We'll have to stay tuned on this one...
Voices Carry: As many of you know, I'm always welcoming and waiting for those so inclined to join me either here in this forum or where ever they land. Enter, Noiranarkie from the creative mind of Eric Reece. His blog can be access at NoirAnarkie. ( http://noiranarkie.blogspot.com/) In full disclosure, I've know ER for several years and we've had wonderful, thoughtful as well as insightful conversations just about everything but the kitchen sink. He's got an unique perspective that I love listening too and debating. If you get a chance, after you've read me first, then you can check him out.
Babes Do DSRA Toyland: With all this marching and rallying stuff going down, I did get a chance to catch the annual Babes in Toyland funder for AAF held at DSRA last saturday. This affair which originated at the now defunct The Factory club and believe it or not I was one of the first participants, has ebbed and flowed as a fundraiser for the ASO. Hosted by Cherity, the evening featured a variety of local entertainers whom gave of themselves for the cause. Even though the house was not SRO, there were notables among the attendees such as current MGAA Stephanie Richards, former MGAA Megan Michaels, Mr, DSRA, D. Scott and Gay Pride 09 chairperson, Ari. Chagoya. The fundraiser which netted about $500 will go to offer AAF clients a holiday dinner during the season. If you have not had the chance to get a feel for DSRA, then you don't know what you may be missing. I've never been disappointed and may you will not either.
Link Updates: In a past post, I mentioned that some links to certain sites, seem to be bouncing. As you know, in cyberspace, things are always on the move or being updated. So, while I was out and about, LRCP chairperson, Ari Chagoya didn't pass up a chance to remind me as well as the DSRA crowd about Capital Pride, coming June 7, 2009. Also she did another smart move by distributing business size card reminder to that fact. Kudos to you AC. It's always about marketing, especially when you are trying to reach folks who are in the midst of merry making. Furthermore, more hat's off to Ari for making the rounds and trying to meet and greet any one who she can. Now, I'm not sure if all this community touching is translating into the all important demonination of CASH. I noticed that there have been "fundraisers" at both Club Good Times and Jester's in Hot Springs. But viola, no tally report or perhaps at least a summary seems to be published anywhere, not even on the website. And speaking of that website, the passionate reminder by a former board member is just like I like it, On Point! You can check it for yourself at http://www.littlerockcapitalpride.org/
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Circling the Waggons: That hastily organized demo on 11.15.08 here in Little Rock, seems to have been trumped by counterparts in Northwest Arkansas whom garnered some TV time to boot. What's wrong with this picture you ask? Thanks for asking. Even though there were at least 60 in the turn out, exactly what's the impact or outcome of that mash up. Let's face some facts. First up, one speaker made the observation at the lack of African Americans and latino's present. Oh really now. I've had qualms with my nubian brother's and sister's for their overt lack of visible participation in civil acts such as events of this type. For the record, by no means do I speak for the African American community, whether SGL or not. However, I've chided my people for their docile and disaffected attitude toward issues that could directly affect them. It's so ironic since the NAACP has been in the news for their part in California's Prop 8 fight. I realize that for some, other matters are now pressing especially during these economic times. But I'm not so convinced when the area night spot Club Good Times is filled to the gills with folks tripping the light fantastic which ultimately ends up in some type of violence. Yet, the owner "Angie" of CGT has attempted to offer some empowerment activities, although with some marginal outcomes, at least the attempt was made. Yet most of these activities are not front and center but sequestered in the confines of club darkness or sorta lackluster at best. Of course, the question that looms large is was any outreach to this community and what was the tone! Yes, my pretties, you've got to at least ask, sometimes cajole or begrudgingly beg them. Not only those minorities but by golly much of GLBTQ community which acts like deer in headlights on these issues. It's really simple people. Either put up or shut up. Enough said, at least for now...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
New HIV/AIDS Funding Data
As we rapidly approach World AIDS Day 2008, I am reaffirming my mission to offering the latest stats involving this health crisis. It's important to know that as we question those figureheads in charge of dispensing funds that there's a portal to keep track of where the dollars emit from and how they are divided. If you want to know then check out, Statehealthfacts.org which has posted new data on federal funding streams for HIV/AIDS. Collected in partnership with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), these data for Federal Fiscal Year 2007 are available by state and for the nation, and represent the latest available state-level data on all major federal funding streams for HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
Updated data include HIV/AIDS funding by state from the Ryan White Program, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and the Office of Minority Health (OMH).
View a list of all recent updates.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
ACT 1 Shut Out: In my last post I gave a brief assessment of that ill conceived measure entitled ACT 1, which wanted to prohibit cohabiting adults from adopting or acting as foster parents. This thinly veil issue sponsored by those Family Council folks, actually was another swipe at keeping GLBTQ individuals from being considered for participating in such endeavors as well as another initiative to disenfranchise. However, this forum reported earlier this year on several occasions of the dissent and ongoing power struggle that was taking place among those who were planning the offensive campaign. And now, since this measure has passed. I need to remind you dear readers that all that messiness and cattiness not only caused this debacle but again calls into question much about the local GLBTQ community and it's supposedly allies. Let's flashback a few post shall we. Various sources shared with me about the infighting involving towering egos, hurt feelings, accusations with racial overtones, hidden agendas and stealth activities culminating in members of the Center for Artistic group literally being "asked out" of the campaign process, with additional activist bewildered and befuddled. Furthermore, I didn't mind naming names, such as Rep. Kathy Webb and Jay Barth, whom allegedly were prominent figures in the brouhaha. So, what does all this mean? Folks it sounds like all is not kosher in river city. Especially when issues are being haphazardly handled, certain allies with limited GLBTQ "comfort zones" and last but not least much of the SGL community that's content with apathetic complacency. Boy, doesn't seem like much of that "change" stuff is trickling this way...
Rainbow Money101: In these economic times, we all need a little primer about subjects that will eventually be apart of our construct. I enjoy reading such items and hopefully you will too...
From Timothy Mahoney, HRC's Director of Estate Planning:
When it comes to Life and Estate Planning, GLBT Americans face a greater challenge, as we do in so much of our lives. By failing to make informed choices, the legal system instead will choose for us. The law will always intervene if we do not plan for ourselves, and the law is written primarily and almost exclusively for non-gay, married couples and traditional families. These choices, if made under existing state law, generally do not reflect the wishes of most GLBT individuals. We will continue instead to see our relationships dishonored, our needs unstated, our desires unmet and our precious savings dedicated to causes we do not support or to federal and state taxes that might well be avoided.
So what can you do to protect yourself, your relationship and your family? There are four documents that every individual should have as part of a sound estate plan. Depending on the state in which you live, numbers two and three may be combined into one document.
1. Last Will and Testament2. Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare/Healthcare Surrogate3. Living Will/Advanced Directive4. Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
If you are in a relationship, you might also consider a Domestic Partnership Agreement. And, if you or your partner have minor children, you should have a Co-Parenting Agreement and a Trust that benefits your child(ren). The co-parenting agreement is especially important if one of you is a biological parent and the other is not, and you live in an area that does not allow second-parent adoptions..
Another document that can be extremely beneficial is a Living Trust. While not needed by everyone, a Living Trust should be discussed with your estate planning professional to see if it is beneficial to your needs.
So let’s get into some of the details of how these estate planning tools work and what they accomplish. More detailed information about each can be found by following the links.
Last Will and Testament
• Names a personal representative/executor and a successor.• Pays your debts and taxes.• Distributes your property and assets through outright gifts, contingent gifts, and residual gifts.• Can establish a Trust.
Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare/Healthcare Surrogate
• States “triggering event” that allows your agent to make decisions on your behalf.• Names a person to act as your agent and a successor agent.• Agent is given first priority to visit you in the hospital and decides who else can visit.• Authorize or decline medical treatment and surgical procedures on your behalf.• Receive your personal property recovered by any hospital or police agency at the time of your incapacitation.
Living Will / Advanced Directive
• Your direction for your own medical care and your right to decide.• Outlines the level of medical care; pain management; and nutrition & hydration.• Works “hand-in-hand” with the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.
Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
• States a “triggering event”• Names an agent/personal representative and a successor agent to act in your name• States what powers are granted to agent in your name:• Open and close accounts; buy and sell assets; collect rent; sign checks; etc.
You can see that these documents are critical to protecting your intentions and desires. Even people who are legally married should have a sound estate plan in place. Remember, if you do not make the decisions in advance, each state has laws in place that will make those decisions for you. Decisions that might often run counter to your intentions, desires or wishes. It is extremely important to consult with a local estate planning professional about your individual needs. This is not something you want to do yourself!
For more information about estate planning, please visit http://www.hrc.org/.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Health INFO:Just a reminder that the Health Dept will be offering flu shots at each local health unit on 11/6 from 8:00 to 5:00. ADH accepts Medicaid. Otherwise, the shot is FREE that day only (the charge is $20 any other day).
The local health units across the state use this occasion to practice their mass immunization drills in case they ever need to respond to an emergency. As a result, there are plenty of shot-givers and there is usually no wait. Some clinics offer *drive-by shootings* where you don't even have to get out of your car!!
There are 4 locations in Pulaski County:
3000 N. 1st Street in Jacksonville
2800 W. Willow Street in NLR and two in Little Rock--
3915 W. 8th Street &
4918 Baseline Road Suite 1
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Think about it: with a credit/debit card, you are much more blinded to the total cost of your purchase than with cash. Surely debit/credit cards are faster than cash, but in our current economic situation maybe what we need to adopt is a slower, more conscientious approach to spending? I know my personal transition from using credit/debit cards to cash helped guide me toward being a better saver. Sometimes, slower IS better. Here are 4 reasons why using cash is better for your wallet.
1. Pre-set limits to spending: Especially for smaller purchases, cash gives you a level of control that is difficult for spenders to instill themselves with a credit/debit card. For example, I used to use my debit card to pay for work-week lunches. Often I would find myself at the register with a $15 charge, and once, at Whole Foods (FYI: the Whole Foods cafeteria is amazing, but pay-per-pound, so also confusing and expensive!) my bowl of food rang up to $23! Since I was using my debit card to pay, a couple of extra dollars never made much of a difference. But now I cap myself at $10 per lunch, and only take that amount in cash with me. This caused me to be more aware of prices as I’m going along, and forces me to stick to my budget. Some people can do this without using cash, but using cash and leaving all other methods of payment at home gives a spender like me the willpower I don’t normally have.
2. Counting out bills makes it harder to spend them: It is a proven fact that counting out bills to spend always results in less spending. I’m not sure why this is, but I’m willing to guess that when we actually see how much money those new boots are costing us, we’re much more likely to re-consider our purchase. Using cash gives you a better sense of what you are spending and puts prices into real terms, giving us a much needed perspective on cost.
3. Saving the change: Some new-fangled check cards do this now, but there is really nothing more satisfying than carrying a years’ worth of change to the bank in exchange for enough cash to go out to dinner. Using cash for all your purchases allows you put aside this “extra” money without much sacrifice. Just by saving your coins for a couple of months, you can build up a nice rainy-day fund. If you save your coins for years, like my brother does, you can even go on vacation using only spare change! One of the easiest ways to go from being a spender to a saver is to start saving your change. And the best way to get more change is to start using cash!
4. Using cash allows you to take advantage of hidden discounts: Did you know that stores and restaurants have to pay a fee to the credit card companies every time they process a credit card transaction? This is why many smaller stores and restaurants are cash-only, or have minimums for credit-card purchases. By frequenting cash-only places you are taking advantage of lower prices across the board, because of lower operating costs. Similarly, you can also take advantage of cash “discounts” at places that have credit card minimums. How many times did I get suckered into buy something I didn’t need or want in order to make a credit card minimum? By using cash you can bypass the need to purchase something for no reason, and short-circuit your spender impulses.
Using cash for the majority of my purchases has certainly slowed me down a bit, but that’s what I wanted. I am no longer as impulsive or careless when I make purchases. Having to be deliberate and thoughtful because I was using cash made me more aware of my spending habits. It was a major step in turning this spender into a saver! Do you find using cash is better for you too? What are some tips you have about when to use/not use cash?