Saturday, October 27, 2007

Quent Reese

My hits on this site have jumped in recent days and it seems that many people are trying to find out more about Quent. Most who knew him probably already know that he took his life a week and a half ago after battling depression for some time. But some folks might not know that he asked that generous donations in his memory be made to Sandra Reed, who has fought and sacrificed tirelessly for years to stop the execution of her son Rodney Reed.

Please make checks payable to:
Sandra Reed
And send to:
Professor Dana Cloud
The University of Texas at Austin
Department Communication Studies,
College of Communication
1 University Station A1105
Austin, TX 78712

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Quent

We've been through so much together. You are my best friend. You were my first love. Sappy but true.

I spent a lot of time with you during some of the most formative years of my life and you had an enormous effect on who I am now. You shaped my politics and ideals in ways that will always guide my decisions. If I hadn't known you I might not have become a leftist. If I hadn't been moved toward progressive and radical politics, I might never have been drawn to the Texas Civil Rights Project. If I hadn't interned there, I might have never gone to law school. And of course in law school, with my politics and your influence, I joined the National Lawyers Guild. And here I am in San Francisco, working for the National Lawyers Guild. You are a part of my life. Like a brother, or maybe more like a sister since we share so much.

You were my first long term relationship, and my last until I met Johnny. For four years we were together (off and on). Remember Boston, Mexico, West Texas, New Mexico? Remember Gary Graham? Remember asthma and the early morning trip to the emergency room? Remember the lunch you would make me with carrots and cottage cheese? Remember the hours spent at Little City with our laptops? Remember walking across the UT campus holding hands and kissing outside of my microbiology class? Remember the first time you really got drunk and started telling people on the street about the next protest? Remember the time in Houston with your dad and Jake the dog? How about riding mountain bikes in Ruidoso or jogging around town lake? The hundreds of nights we slept in the same bed and held each other?

My hand is below the water still grasping yours but I can feel you slipping away now.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Keep your head above water!


Colby and Quent Swim 1, originally uploaded by lito.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Presidential Candidate Quiz

According to this quiz my positions on various issues are most closely aligned with Dennis Kucinich. In fact, we don't disagree on anything according to the quiz (though I didn't like any of the answers on the immigration question). What is odd is that my second place was Chris Dodd, 3rd was Mike Gravel, 4th was Bill Richardson. None of these guys have a chance if I understand the news reports correctly. John Edwards came in 5th, Clinton and Obama tied for 6th. The highest ranking Republican for me was Giuliani. Some guy named Duncan Hunter was last on my list.

Dennis Kucinich
Score: 61
Agree
Iraq
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Marriage
Death Penalty
Disagree

-- Take the Quiz! --

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Pelosi Prays for Our Troops in Iraq to Win

Wonderful. And what exactly does it mean to win Nancy?

A better answer - if you are actually a believer in prayer: I pray for our troops and the people of Iraq to all have better lives and more hope for their futures. I know the Bush administration and officials at the Pentagon, as well as their apologists in the media, and most in Congress (including Democrats) are working hard to kill and maim Iraqis and could care less about the working class soldiers in our military, but I pray to God to do what he (she?) can to counter this evil.

I would ask Pelosi: "Do you pray for our soldiers to win and ask God to guide their bullets right through the heads of Iraqi insurgents so that they may die instantly and feel little pain? Do you pray to Jesus that our troops win and that he ensure that civilian casualties and dead or injured children are minimized?"

God bless American cluster bombs. May they shred human flesh good. Thank you Jesus.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

"Why I Love America" by Alberto Gonzales
9th Grade Government Class


Actually, this piece is a "commentary" on CNN.com, but it in fact reads like a cheesy middle school - maybe high school - paper on how anyone in America can grow up poor and climb to a position of real power, inflicting death, terror, and torture, or something like that.

Here's a classic line: "My hopes, and those of many others with stories similar to mine, are reflected in those words of the founders of this nation more than two centuries ago: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'"

Wasn't that the line from Lisa Simpson's report for that Reader's Digest competition back in the 2nd or 3rd season of that show. If I'm not mistaken she greatly improved it later by scrapping the sappy naivete and rewriting it as "Cesspool on the Potomac."

Here is the point of Gonzales' American Dream piece: He is "the son of a Mexican cotton picker and a construction worker who never finished grade school, and [he] served as the Attorney General of the United States." This proves that the American Dream is still alive as long as we continue to embrace the values of "sacrifice, hard work, personal initiative, dedication to family, and perseverance in the face of adversity" or to rephrase "family, hard work, and sacrifice." Oh and Hispanics share these values (except the one's he had executed of course, they were mentally retarded).

Bravo Alberto. You've done good. God Bless. Now sit back down and let's hear from one of your classmates.