Monday, September 21, 2009

done writing about anything but getting out of here

Done. Can't stand it anymore. From here on, the only thing you'll read here is what it takes to get out of the US and the adventures of moving to and living in another country.

What caused this, you might wonder? Imagine if you live in a state where both senators are utterly worthless, and one in particular, a medical doctor, has aides who say things like this:

“. . .All pornography is homosexual pornography because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards. Now think about that. And if you, if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he’s going to want to go out and get a copy of Playboy? I’m pretty sure he’ll lose interest. That’s the last thing he wants.”

That's Tom Coburn's Chief of Staff, Michael Schwartz, expounding on his beliefs about homosexuality. The stupid is burning my eyeballs out this morning. The rest is here, at Think Progress. I read it to Mike and he looked stunned, then said "let's just concentrate on getting out of here, baby."

We will. And I'm going to write about it, but I am turning a blind eye to the rest, to the political bullshit. It's pointless. Nothing changes and nothing changes and nothing changes. On the other hand, I'm moving to Mexico. Hallelujah!



Anonymous Dallascracker said...

I wish I could say that I do not understand, but I do.

September 21, 2009 12:29 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I'm right behind you - drop breadcrumbs.

September 21, 2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

As long as you do not disappear I am glad. But we will miss your pov on all the ignorant assholes running our country into the friggin ground.

Even my son, who is not into politics on any level, can't believe the idiots elected in OK.

Cyber Hugs sweet woman. ;)

September 21, 2009 1:12 PM  
Blogger LSL said...

Sigh. I totally understand. I have been very strictly limiting the amount of news I watch or read, even "real" news. I just can't take it - my entire body and mind takes on the stress of the ignorant, cruel, misguided, etc.

I would love to read more about your adventures of getting the fuck out of here. I can't wait. :>

September 21, 2009 3:01 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

We will live vicariously through you....can't wait for the first of your wonderful, colorful writings of your new digs!

September 21, 2009 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Jolie said...

It is a good thing, Belle, that you are leaving to create a more peaceful, happy life for yourself, and I wish you all the best, but your commentary on the issues will be missed.

When I checked back in, after a long absence, it was in hopes of enlisting your help in getting the word out about a particular international free speech issue that I have been following for more than two years. I would like to put out the word to all your wise and caring readers about the suppression of free speech in the UK and Portugal as it relates to the case of the little British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on May 3, 2007, in Portugal. Forensic evidence, including top-notch British sniffer dogs trained to identify cadaver and blood odor, show that it is very likely that Madeleine died in her family's holiday apartment that day/night. (The dogs, Eddie and Keela, have an impeccable record of being right in 200 out of 200 other cases they've worked where they identified scent of cadaver and/or blood.) The parents and their supporters have from the start pushed the abduction story, for which there is no evidence to support it.

The lead Portuguese investigator for the case, Gonçalo Amaral, was removed from the case because he was following the natural progression of the investigation which pointed to Madeleine's death and her parents' involvement in concealing the body. He later resigned the police force and wrote a book "The Truth of the Lie" and produced a documentary of the same name, based on the factual evidence contained in the Portuguese police files, which have been released to the public. These have been in the public domain for close to a year. No UK publisher would touch this book. No UK media will report the facts and have bent to government pressure to only side with the McCanns' version of events. Once Amaral said he would self-publish the book for sale in the UK, the McCanns high-powered libel lawyers went into action and sued him in Portugal and this month WON a verdict to ban the sale of the book and have all remaining copies of it and the documentary turned over to the McCanns! He and his publisher are appealing on the grounds that this violates his constitutional rights as a Portuguese citizen:

"1.Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2.Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article 37."

(continued on next post)

September 22, 2009 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Jolie said...

(continued from previous posts)

Now the McCanns' very high-priced libel lawyers are working to shut down The Madeleine Foundation (based in the UK, with membership from around the world) which has worked tirelessly to get the word out to the UK citizenry about the facts of the case and which published a booklet "What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann: 60 reasons which suggest she was not abducted" based on the Portuguese police investigation files and other published reports. A draft was sent to the McCanns and their lawyers almost one year ago asking for them to review it and if they could offer any proof that anything was inaccurate, the Foundation would delete those items before publication. They never responded until this month with threats to issue a libel writ against two of the top officers of the foundation with the goal of collecting up all remaining copies, including electronic copies, of the booklet, and shutting down the website and the Foundation itself.

This is and has been a case that is about much more than a missing child. Whatever secret that is at the center of this tragedy that forces political interference and free speech suppression at the highest levels has caused this to become a human rights issue that is pertinent to all people who believe in the right to freely share information and express their opinions.

This case is so complex and amazing that I could write about it all day and still there would be so much more to say, but others have already taken the time to put this story into words and organize it for others to quickly understand the issues.

I highly recommend the following websites to use as resources to understand this case, if anyone is interested:

madeleinefoundation dot org

joana-morais dot blogspot dot com
(a persistent voice of truth from Portugal for the last two years, with English translations of articles published in Portugal, plus much, much more, including messages from Gonçalo Amaral.

truthofthelie dot com slash the-book slash

mccannfiles dot com
(an invaluable reference source which covers everything, from start to finish, in an accessible format)

Please, readers and bloggers, I would be most grateful if you could help spread the word to everyone you know who cares about the issue of free speech.

Banned books week is September 26 through October 3 this year, btw, and this story would be an appropriate topic related to the issue.

Thank you.


September 22, 2009 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Jolie said...

The Madeleine Foundation's website is "temporarily unavailable" with the following message posted this morning:



This website is temporarily unavailable. If you are the owner of this site, please contact us at 1-480-624-2500 at your earliest convenience


This is alarming. Write and tell everyone you know who is interested in free speech what is happening in this case--please.

September 22, 2009 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Fireworks said...

Well, good luck, but the fact is it's no better in Mexico. They're not exactly a gay friendly country down there either. I know, because I lived there for many years. If you think the political situation is screwy up here, you'll be running for cover even quicker down there. Tooodelooo!

September 22, 2009 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Crixi Van Cheek said...

I think the best part about moving to Mexico will be that no one says "Awesome" and there are no Play Dates or Gluton Free Anything.

(But don't stop writing.)

September 24, 2009 11:40 AM  
Blogger Elaine Warner said...

I keep thinking that when the smart people bail out, the assholes win! We need you -- but it does seem like a hopeless situation -- so I understand.

September 25, 2009 9:28 PM  
Blogger Cinderellen said...

I've got my eye on Spain personally, but I'm married in Massachusetts and will liekly end up there. Every time I think Coburn can get no crazier more crap spews forth. I met Schwartz many years ago and I would have bet a lot against his turning out like this. Good luck to you.

September 26, 2009 10:26 AM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

I hear you girl, and totally understand this feeling ... I am right behind you and como sabes will be commenting from Costa Rica in a few months ... and no, currently can't think or care about anything else.

March 29, 2011 2:35 PM  

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