Friday, February 29, 2008

Homemaking class - BACON CUPS!

This is the homemaking project of the year: bacon cups!

I set the oven at 400 degrees and carefully formed foil over the back of the muffin pan. I did not coat with cooking spray, it would have been easier to remove but I suspect that the bacon would not have held the form as well if the foil was oiled and would have popped apart half way through cooking. On the other hand some bacon did break when I was peeling away the foil. I cooked the bacon, moving the pans around, until it was crisp looking and waited for it to cool before removing the foil and shaped bacon.

This all took three hours and my house filled with smoke, but it was worth it. Be sure to put a cookie sheet with a rim below the cooking bacon in the oven, there was a lot of dripping fat and I saw a few flames. Watch your oven carefully!

Learn how to make bacon cups here.

(If this isn't gay-- I mean SGA-- nothing is.)

More Obama

Senator Obama's unprecedented open letter to the gay community is a must read. No major presidential candidate has ever been as public or forthright in showing support for sexual minorities.

You might also be interested in reading what conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan has to say about this. He has a thoughtful assessment of the importance of Obama to the struggle for gay rights.

Even if you are closeted and active in the church, you benefit from the wider acceptance of homosexuality in the culture at large. (If you want fewer bigoted anti-gay diatribes in Priesthood Meeting, consider supporting Senator Obama.)

Obama's support for sexual minorities is both principled and politically astute. Why? These days one's attitude toward homosexuality is a litmus test for young voters. It's a generational marker. It's an indication that a candidate "gets it." Young people in this country will interpret Obama's openness to gay issues in this light, and it will energize their support.

This is brilliant, transformational politics. Clinton and McCain have nothing that can match it.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jay's story

Here is the coming out story of a young LDS man:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


More on the PDA double standard:

Monday, February 18, 2008


I support Senator Obama for president. In a nutshell, here's why:

  • Electability. Polls show that Barack beats John McCain in more states than Hillary. For whatever reason, Senator Clinton has a large group of people (approximately 47% of the electorate) who would never vote for her, regardless of opponent. Whether the anti-Hillary sentiment is fair or not is beside the point. She's the weaker nominee because of it.

  • Restoration of "soft power." Obama's message is particularly well suited to restoring respect for the United States abroad. This is the "soft power" that lets diplomacy work.

  • Gay rights. Obama is the only candidate who regularly uses the words gay and lesbian in front of nongay (even potentially hostile) audiences. His gay rights positions are somewhat better than Senator Clinton's.

    This is especially true in an area that I care a lot about-- the Uniting American Families Act that would give binational same-sex partners the same immigration rights as straight couples. Senator Clinton supports this bill "in principle" and cites the concern of fraud (which would be no more likely than with straight couples). Senator Obama supports the bill without qualification.

    Clinton wants partial repeal of DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act]. Obama is for full repeal.

    Most of all, Obama's legislative history of supporting unpopular minorities like prisoners gives me more confidence that he will act on gay rights issues. The Clintons' track record here is poor. We remember who put DOMA and "don't-ask-don't-tell" on the books in the first place.

  • National unity. Senator Obama appeals to independents and Republicans in a way that Senator Clinton does not. After the divisive Clinton-Bush years, we need to come together as a nation to solve our pressing economic, social and international issues. The Clintons are polarizers. In that sense, they are the perfect complement of the Bush/Rove machine. If we've learned anything from these decades it is that you can't govern effectively with a 51% majority. You need to bring people together.

If you live in state that has not already had its primary, please participate. This is an important election year.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

SGA Patriots

This has been making the rounds, but I thought you all might think it's fun.