I Live In Oregon

In the States, people are taxed, via income, property, corporate, mutual, and the like. The purpose of taxes is to subsidize funding of public education, health, child care, military/defense, local improvement projects, civil liberties, etc. Economics 101 states that in a democratic country, such as the USA is, this is how our economy feeds itself: through the Gross National Product (give and take; supply v. demand: if I need, and you can supply, I will pay for services rendered).

Essentially, any law that deprives one (or group of) of their civil liberties isn’t lawful, it isn’t right. If we deprive groups of their civil liberties, then we have no right to tax them for liberties afforded per our constitution: “…in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty…”

Let God, our father in Heaven, be the judge. Let us live, and let live…

…by John @ Tala’aga

taboo: GENDER BENDING

Fafafine, we all know some and we all love some. I have only met a few fafafine’s in my life and that was in Samoa, no surprise there. To my understanding, fafafine’s are cross dressers, and because they ‘act’ like a woman, the community will treat them like a woman. Technically its not taboo in Samoa because its acknowledged.

They are not considered to be ‘gay’ because they have sex with straight men. Maybe that’s taboo because having that kind of experience or reason to have sex is a bit too much. Maybe it is true that people have sex with fafafine’s because of the experience. This would be considered as a heterosexual relationship, please correct me if I’m wrong. Though gender identity is shaped by our culture….

…by Jay Foo