A funny thing happened on the way to NetRoots Nation: A non-activism vacation got planned.
A funnier thing happened on the way to NetRoots Nation: A vacation got planned that was north of, though not all that far away from, the Minneapolis situs of NetRoots.
A funnier thing still happened on the way to NetRoots Nation: I noticed that the Minnesota Lynx had a home game the night after our vacation was scheduled to end – and so we decided to go only halfway home on Friday and take in the game between the Lynx and the Atlanta Dream at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Target Center, BTW, is two blocks (or one Hiawatha Line stop; take yer pick) away from Target Field, which is where the Minnesota Twins play and where we saw the Twins lose to the Rangers the previous Friday night, unaware that the Twins apparently now hire people who care more about the 10 commandments of a certain mythology than the 9 innings of baseball reality. (FYI, while we were there, we were more concerned about dodging the rain than either dodging or getting in front of the kiss cam; I do, of course, hope that the couple who was on the short end of the christianity-enforcement action to prevail in their MHRA claim.)
Which brings me to something that occasionally flashed on the scoreboard during the Lynx game:
Though I don’t think its as good as it was back when I lived in Minnesota, Lavender is the Twin Cities’ LGBT free rag. (and, FYI, the Lynx did eventually come back to win the game.)
Now, something else that one would occasionally see on the scoreboard is a shot of celebs sitting in the Jack Nicholson seats.
One of them was Kevin Garnett, a former player for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In this shot (one that I took, not something lifted from either the scoreboard or the Lynx site) of Lindsay Whalen abouit to shoot a free throw, he’s near the center – wearing a white t-shirt.
At some point after Garnett was introduced, I went out for a potty break. When I got back, my partner pointed down to where Garnett was sitting and remarked that there was some guy in a blue t-shirt sitting next to him who appeared to be talking Garnett’s ear off and wouldn’t stop.
My initial thought was ‘well, in that section, if Garnett really doesn’t want the guy there, he could just snap his fingers and cops would come a-running.’
Then I looked closer at blue t-shirt guy, notcing that he had a cap on with long gray hair coming out the back. I also noticed that blue t-shirt guy was pretty well built.
I thought he looked familiar.
Though I wasn’t absolutely certain, I turned to my partner and said, ‘Babe, I think that’s Jesse Ventura.’
As if on cue, the scoreboard then went to its next celeb intro: Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura….
in the Jack Nicholson seat right next to Garnett (here’s a close-up of the previous image.)
All of this, of course, is where I would have liked to end this post, by simply pointing out that this is the version of America that people like Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty want to destroy:
- Professional sports teams that aren’t afraid to positively acknowledge that LGBT people exist.
- Cities that aren’t afraid to positively acknowledge that LGBT people exist.
- States that aren’t afraid to positively acknowledge that LGBT people exist.
- Elected officials who aren’t afraid to stand up to christianists by making reality-centered statements such as “Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.”
- White elected officials whose appearances in the vicinity of non-whites aren’t purely for show.
But, remember – my journey back to the state where I lived for four years (corresponding to most of Ventura’s term as governor) happened to correspond temporally with NetRoots Nation 2011 being in Minneapolis.
Pam’s House Blend is becoming part of the Firedoglake family
NetRoots Nation was in the twin cities after all; why not channel the twin Republican committee bullies, eh? A very relevant (though not as relevant as asking about whether Laurelurleen Ramseyerogovitch would be able to erase people from FDL would have been, but why quibble?) question is slammed as “threadjacking”?
Way to keep it classy – not to mention InsidersOut-y – Pam.
I will close with the reaction of sarasnavel to the FDL-PHB merger:
It seemed odd, the way a particular moderator pair was allowed and even encouraged to trapdoor all the radical riff-raff in the prior few months for offenses that seemed inconsistent and even contrived. You know, the ones that were contentious, didn’t agree with so-called ‘mainstream’ LGBT policies and worked against Maryland’s anti-trans bill. The ones that made Pam’s look a bit too…progressive and radical and yes, fully trans inclusive.
Gender and sex variant people of all flavors used to have a voice here. It was one of the few, if not the only, online general audience forums where those of us that do not agree on much could rally together against those who wish to treat us as mentally ill or sinners or simply too out of norm in terms of expected gender and/or sex (or history, can’t forget the HBS’rs). Those who could not or would not assimilate into the far more centrist LGBT way of doing politics. Those who fought for true equality. Yes, the discourse would get a bit flavorful and even contentious but (and this is key), we were all adults and entered into and continued the heated discussions willingly. But suddenly, at the climax of the Maryland issue, voicing opinions that ran counter to the established and sell-able gay voice began to be silenced at a faster rate. That was why instead of eventually getting trap-doored, I and many others simply ceased to stop by. The coffee had grown cold for us, so to speak.
Well, when the coffee-making duties apparently fall down the line to the LGB(t) equivalent of Baldrick, what could one expect?
I like saliva-tinged mud in puddles on football fields, not in coffee mugs – or in blogs pretending to be relevant to anyone other than members of its own cybercirclejerk.