Tuesday, November 28, 2006

What Planet Is Bush On?

I have always believed George W to be a complete idiot, but his speeches today have totally confirmed that. While Bush was stating that, "...One result that Iraq would like to see is for the Iranians to leave them alone," Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was in Tehran meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadnejad. I don't know about you, but to me that does not sound like the Iraqi people, at least not all of them, want the Iranians to leave them alone!

What planet does George W live on? What news does George W watch? Hello, George! Reality check, George! The Iranians and Syrians are going to just step into Iraq and solve the problems that the US has been unable to do the past several years. And the Iraqis are going to greet the Iranians and Syrians with open arms. So which is it, George? Do the Iraqis, or do the Iraqis not want, Iran's and Syria's assistance?

But then George gave the explanation of the real problem in Iraq. It is Al Qaeda! Al Qaeda is responsible for the latest wave of sectarian violence and Bush vowed not to withdraw troops “until the mission is complete.” (Whatever the fuck the "mission" is)! There is no civil war in Iraq! All the violence is the work of Al Qaeda! Now when the Sunnis retaliate when the Shiites kill someone, that does not sound like Al Qaeda to me. THE REAL WORLD, GEORGE! There is no election to be won here now, so you can stop trying to frighten Americans with Al Qaeda!

Someone who really cares about George, maybe his mother, father, Dick Cheney, or whomever, needs to bring George back into the real world!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Did You All Get Out On Black Friday?

Thank God I didn't do any shopping today, Black Friday 2006. I did have to make a trip past the Hamilton Mall on my way to the gym, and boy was it crazy. The parking lot was packed and the traffic around the mall was outrageous! Why do people think they have to do all their Christmas shopping in one day? Sure there are great sales, but guess what? There will be sales everyday until Christmas. People are crazy! My sanity kept me away from the stores today. But starting tomorrow, look out world; Karl's on the prowl for those hot gifts!

Oh What A Mess We've Made (Or Should I Say Bush Has Made)

I turned on CNN this morning to catch up on the world's events and CNN introed the Iraq update with the title, Iraq In Crisis. Damn! What a mess the US has made in Iraq, not to mention the entire Middle East. What a big screwup for George W.! The US went into Iraq first and foremost because of the threat Iraq posed to the US. Secondly, George W. wanted to bring, catch this, STABILITY, to the Middle East! Look at the stability! Hundreds killed yesterday and many killed everyday. Sectarian violence soon to end up in an out and out civil war. US soldiers killed almost everyday in Iraq! Sounds like stability to me. I hate to admit it, but Saddam Hussein had control of Iraq.

It's actually pretty scary when you look at what's happening in Iraq. Syria and Iran are joining together to assist in the stabilization of Iraq. You can't really blame them; Iraq is their neighbor, and since the US has only screwed things up there, why shouldn't Syria and Iran move in? God only knows what will happen to the US, not to mention Israel, when that entire region becomes ultra-Islamic and goes after the US and Israel. The Apocalypse?

How does the US "fix" Iraq? I haven't got the faintest idea. George W. has really messed things up, and as UN General Secretary Kofi Annan said the other day, the US is trapped in Iraq. We cannot just leave, and if we stay only more and more turmoil will take place.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hurry Up, Verizon

With the news that Comcast will raise its cable tv cost by 3.2% by January 1st, all I can say is, "Hurry up, Verizon!" Verizon has begun its cable tv wiring and sales in NJ. My good friend Pax Romano has had his domain wired for Verizon, but I believe Comcast made him a pretty good deal to keep him as one of theirs. And that's what I'm talking about; the competition will be good for the consumer. If Comcast thinks raising its rates is going to keep customers, they are dead wrong! So I hope Verizon moves faster in getting the rest of South Jersey cable ready.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Those Damned Activist Judges!

Well, those damned activist judges are at it again, making law and procedure. However this time it's in Israel. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the government Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad. Although efforts by Israel's gay community to win approval for same-sex marriage face a major obstacle because Israel's religious authorities have a monopoly over marriage and divorce, this ruling does make it possible for same-sex couples to marry outside Israel and that marriage be legally recognized in Israel. Israeli law stipulates a couple must be married to adopt a child, and with this ruling, same-sex couples can now adopt if married elsewhere. Prior to this ruling, gay couples in Israel already had many of the rights of heterosexual partnerships. Now married gay couples will get the same tax breaks as a married couple.

It amazes me that the U.S. thinks it is so progressive, but other countries seem to be surpassing it's recognition of gay rights. On November 14th, the South African parliament voted 230-41 to legalize same-sex marriages. South Africa of all places! Wow! Maybe someday soon the U.S. will realize that gay individuals deserve the same rights and recognition as hetero couples. You don't have to like it or be happy with it, but gays in the U.S. pay the same taxes and are as productive to society as anyone else. They deserve the same rights!

Where To Buy; What To Buy

The Human Rights Campaign has again published it's Buying for Equity 2007 Guide. This guide makes it easier to buy from those companies/businesses that support equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Before making any purchases this year please check out the guide. (The guide can also be ordered through the mail from the HRC site).

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Is A "Disaster" The Same As A Mistake?

Looks like British Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that the invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain was "a disaster." Blair made this assessment of the situation in Iraq in an interview with David Frost. "Iraq invasion a disaster, Blair admits on Arab TV," was the headline in the Daily Telegraph. Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell said the Prime Minister should now apologize for his actions.

My assumption is that Blair still does not feel that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, given what intelligence, although flawed, showed. But at least Blair has admitted the situation in Iraq is a disaster! Bush won't even do that. He and only a handful in the US, Cheney and Rumsfeld among that group, still think things are going well in Iraq! With the help of the midterm elections Bush at least is not on his "stay the course" strategy, but he still believes all is well in the Land of Iraq. As I have said before, admit the mistake, and get out ASAP!

The Role Gays Played In The Election

The Advocate.com contains a story asking whether gays should be thanked for the Democratic victory in the recent mid-term elections. According to The Advocate.com, in Virginia, the effort to defeat an anti-gay marriage amendement brought thousands of "progressive voters" out, and most of them also voted for Democrat James Webb.

I would also suggest that in at least one other race, Pennsylvania, Democrat Bob Casey, Jr. should be thanking the gay community a whole bunch for his victory over Republican Rick Santorum. I personally saw gay groups passing out ant-Santorum literature and supporting Casey. "Gay rights supporters nationwide savored the defeat of several high-profile anti-gay incumbents, and no prize was larger than Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who lost by double digits to moderate Democrat Bob Casey", according to Bay Windows, New England's Largest LGBT Newspaper. This paper also reports that Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, openly gay, will become one of the most influential men in America when he assumes the chairmanship of the powerful House Financial Services Committee.

I am going to wait to see what actually happens when the new Congress takes over. Many of the Dems that won the election are moderates, many not favoring gay marriage. Will their personal beliefs and feelings prevail, or will these men and women push for equal rights for all Americans? Only time will tell.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Coming Soon To A City Near You

Rain, or this? MMMMM!!! Which do I like best? I am looking forward to a little of the white stuff. I am getting tired of being in my apartment, too hot because it's warmer than it should be and I cannot open the windows because of the rain. Yes, I've even had the AC on for a bit. Crazy to have the AC on in November!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Get Real, Assemblyman Richard Merkt

The NJ State Legislators pumped up their positions on gay marriage vs. civil unions yesterday. While Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer, presented a bill that would open up marriage to "any two consenting adults committed to a permanent relationship" and would protect religious institutions from having to perform or recognize such unions, Assemblyman Richard Merkt, R-Morris, proposed impeaching the state Supreme Court justices who last month extend the rights of same-sex couples beyond the domestic partner benefits they now have. GET REAL, MERKT!

I understand some people being upset by the NJ Supreme Courts' ruling that committed same-sex couples have the same rights as their straight counterparts, but like it or not, that was the ruling! So stop belly-aching and reacting in such a manner as Merkt and get busy completing the task set forth by the NJ Supreme Court.

Throughout history, it has been the "activist courts" that have set in motion legislation that has improved the civil rights of US citizens. If not for "activist courts" my guess is there would still be slavery in southern states and women wouldn't be voting. Yes, it was constitutional amendments that gave these rights, but the "activist courts" prompted it with various rulings. (Do a Google search for specifics). In NJ, like Massachusetts, the Supreme Courts have also set in motion rights that are deserved by citizens.

Let Assemblyman Richard Merkt know what you think!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Iraq War Was A Mistake

I have always been told that everyone makes mistakes, and that "to err is human." I rarely make them, mistakes that is, but I must admit I do. I do not know any person who does not make a mistake or two, or three or four or a thousand, in his lifetime. If such a person existed he wouldn't be called a "person", he'd be called GOD!

When is someone going to admit that the war in Iraq was a mistake? Who is going to admit that the war in Iraq was a mistake? It was a mistake from the very beginning. I'll even give the Bush Administration the benefit of the doubt and say the intelligence was incorrect, not that Bush & Company twisted the intelligence for their own purpose. And if the intelligence was wrong, then it was a mistake! The way the war has been handled is a mistake! So when is someone going to admit this and correct the mistake?

I know that alot has been lost in the war. Some 2,800+ American lives have been lost, and today Iraq claimed 150,000 civilians, not counting soldiers, have lost their lives in Iraq since the US invasion. It is said the US must win so the lives of our soldiers lost will not be in vain. But I ask how many more lives must be lost before someone finally gets it? THE WAR IN IRAQ WAS A MISTAKE! Plain and simple! We are in a quagmire! We leave now and who knows what will happen? We stay another 2, 3, 4, 10 years and how many more lives will be lost unnecessarily?

Everyone is all excited about the Dems taking over control of the House and Senate. It is time for a change in direction all proclaim. But what kind of change? Maybe the Iraq war should be recognized for what it is, one huge mistake! The event in US history will go down as one of the biggest blunders ever made! George W. will go down in history as one of the biggest buffoons in history! So why not just stop beating around the bush? Why not stop sugar-coating the mistake? Admit the mistake and move on.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rummy! Not A Fighting Chance In Hell!

Poor Donald Rumsfeld! He's been fired by the American people. Well, not exactly, but close enough! A television commercial in NJ supporting Tom Kean, Jr. used the slogan that Bob Menendez refused to resign so NJ voters would have to do it for him, reminds me of the Rumsfeld ouster. Adios, Rummy! Glad to see you go!

I also had the displeasure of watching Bush in a news conference this afternoon. What an arrogant SOB! He had the nerve to say that he really believed the Democrats do care about the safety of the US, but disagreed with their methods. So what made Bush change his mind in 2 days because just the day before yesterday Bush basically said a vote for the Dems was a vote against America's safety? Oh yeah!! A romp! A good old fashion "whuppin'". Or was Bush just lying like he has his entire presidency? Thank God a reporter with a British accent called Bush on this. And Bush again said he did believe the Dems do care about the US and its safety. More Bush bullshit! Soon, Bush will be gone too!

Interesting election! I'm pleased except for the defeat of gay marriage in several states. Most were southern states in which the vote was clearly the majority against gay marriage. Out west, the votes were closer. So I say all gays should just leave the states that don't want them and join us in gay-friendly states. What a shock it would be for those gay-hating states to lose all that disposable income. (If I were President, I would outlaw any federal funding to states that continue to discriminate)!

But the Dems have control of the House, and at this time, only Virginia seems to be in the way of Democratic control of the Senate. Webb, the Dem candidate is slightly ahead and calling it a victory. I hope he's right. (I am a bit worried that many of the winning Dems are moderate to conservative individuals). So all in all, a good election. Let's just see what happens now. And I'm sure the tv ads will soon begin for 2008!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Suggestion To Reverend Ted Haggard

If I could offer a suggestion to the Rev. Ted Haggard? Shut up and stop digging your hole even deeper. You know the saying that one lie leads to another and another and another? Well, by trying to explain what actually happened, Haggard is doing just that. If anybody believes for a moment that Haggard would go to a male prostitute for a massage and to purchase drugs, but not for sexual purposes, then that believer should get what he/she deserves, a big letdown! Maybe instead of trying to explain what happened, Haggard should just keep quiet and fade off into the sunset!

Another One On Our Side

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has confirmed that he is "a very content gay man living my life to the fullest." The 33-year-old actor said he was motivated to disclose his sexuality because of recent "speculation and interest in my private life and relationships." Another one on our side.

It is great to see more and more men and women proclaiming the "true" them. I know it's not easy and I applaud these people. A much better way of coming out wouldn't you say than the scandals involving politicians and ministers?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Another Goody-Goody Gets Fu**ed!

The Rev. Ted Haggard (pictured to left), the leader of the 30 million member National Association of Evangelicals in the US, has resigned over allegations that he paid for sex with another man. Haggard is the pastor of his 14,000 member New Life Church. The honorable Rev. Haggard (HaHaHa) is also known as a strong opponent of same-sex marriages. Why should gay sex be permitted in a monogamous relationship when one can pay for such an experienc!

Rev. Haggard and all the hypocritical opponents of same-sex rights should be exposed for who they really are. It is quite often said that those who oppose gays so vehemently more than likely have something to hide themselves. Just another prime example of this in Haggard!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Enough Already! I'm Gonna Puke!

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Anyone else sick and tired of all the political bullshit? I am so tired of the political commercials on tv; one comes on for a particular candidate claiming something, then the opponent's commercial comes on with the exact opposite message. Who's the worse of the two is what elections come down to anymore. Thank God it will be over in a little more than one week....well until next year at this time. Then, wait for 2008. That will probably be so much worse with the political ads starting in the summer of 2008 if not sooner.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

My Brief History Search of Marriage

With the recent ruling by the NJ Supreme Court and the battle in NJ between gay marriage/civil union or whatever it's going to be called, I decided to do a little research on the history of marriage. Was "marriage" really ordained by God and directed in the Bible? When did the word, "marriage" actually begin to be used? Have there been gay "marriages" or unions before in history. What I found left me even more confused. For you see, "marriage" as we know it today in the US has been an ever changing ritual.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God orders a man and a woman to marry. There are certainly references to a woman and a man joining together, but it is nontheless very confusing as to what the Bible actually states about marriage. And the union between a man and a woman was not even called "marriage" way back then.

I did come across one piece of information that seemed to sum up all of the other research I did. It is The History of Marriage as an Institution, by Larry R. Peterson, PhD. Several interesting facts, at least I think they're facts, are brought up in Dr. Peterson's writing:

1. From the 5th to the 14th centuries, the Roman Catholic Church conducted special ceremonies to bless same-sex unions which were almost identical for those to bless heterosexual unions. At the very least, these were spiritual, if not sexual, unions;
2 From the 1690s to the 1870s, “wife sale” was common in rural and small-town England. To divorce his wife, a husband could present her with a rope around her neck in a public sale to another man;
3. Marriage was strictly a civil and not an ecclesiastical ceremony for the Puritans in Massachusetts Bay until 1686;
4. Until 1662, there was no penalty for interracial marriages in any of the British colonies in North America. In 1662, Virginia doubled the fine for fornication between interracial couples. In 1664, Maryland became the first colony to ban interracial marriages. By 1750, all southern colonies, plus Massachusetts and Pennsylvania outlawed interracial marriages;
5. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state anti-miscegenation laws in Loving v. Virginia.
As a result of the decision, Virginia and fifteen other states had their anti-miscegenation laws declared unconstitutional. Those states were: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.
In the fifteen years prior to the decision, fourteen states had repealed their anti-miscegenation laws. Those fourteen states were: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

What conclusions do I draw from this? That marriage has had many different connotations througout history. And most importantly: If it was not for a US Supreme Court ruling in 1967, there would still be states to this day that prohibit interracial marriages! Those State legislatures would never, never have changed the law except for the US Supreme Court ruling! Those goddamn activist judges!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Decision Expected Tomorrow On Gay Marriage In NJ

Expect a decision tomorrow in the battle for gay marriage in NJ. Winnie Comfort, a spokeswoman for the state judiciary, said the New Jersey Supreme Court will release its highly anticipated decision in a case brought by seven gay couples who claim the state constitution entitles them to marry. If the court rules that NJ's Constitution does not prohibit gays from marrying, NJ will become only the second state in the country, beside Massachusett's, in which gay marriage will be legal. Although conservative groups will try to amend NJ's Constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman, Governor Jon Corzine has already said he will support no legislation opposing the court's decision. NJ is known to be a progressive State when it comes to civil rights, so tomorrow we will know. Keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Thank God For The Non-Traditionalist

In his piece of shit book, Cultural Warrior, Bill O'Reilly touts himself a "traditionalist" fighting against the "secular-progressive movement." The battle in America is not between conservatives and liberals but those that want to keep things the way they are versus those progressives that want to change the way things are. O'Reilly "condemns the "erosion of societal discipline" flowing from an alleged "S-P [secular-progressive]" agenda of drug legalization, teenagers' rights, moral relativism, church-state separation, therapy instead of punishment for criminals and, above all, the "communist" freeloader's doctrine that the government should tax the rich to fund housing, health care and early-childhood education for the poor."

I say thanks be to God for those non-traditionalists in our history. And every minority group, including women, should also agree with me. If it wasn't for the "secular-progressives" in our history, where would they be today? The Ann Coulters of the US would be in the kitchen, cooking for their man, instead of in the media blowing their horns. If it wasn't for the "secular-progressives" in our history, a good number of us would not have the freedoms we do today. If it wasn't for the "progressives in US history, slavery would still be the norm of the day. These are just a couple things that were only changed by those "secular-progressives." I must say that I, as a white male, would be enjoying life, while those not meeting my makeup, would still be oppressed today.

So I say to Bill O'Reilly, "STUFF IT, BILL!" If moving forward with equal rights for all, and if creating change so all Americans so they can enjoy life to it's fullest, makes me a "secular-progressive," I'll gladly wear that title and do everything in my power to fight the "taditionalists."

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Hillary/Condaleeza Showdown

A friend sent me this...........You gotta see it!

A Day In AC....And Not A Penny Spent On Gambling

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Everytime I go to Atlantic City I am amazed at how much it changes. There is now so much to do that does not involve gambling that it can actually be a very entertaining day if you do not like to go into the smoke filled gaming halls and throw away your money.

My trip started with a visit to Atlantic City Outlets-The Walk, where at least I have something to show for the money I spent. Then, it was dinner at Los Amigos, my favorite Mexican restaurant. Then, over to The Pier Shops at Caesar's, where there are several new restaurants as well as many expensive, but interesting stores.

I would encourage everyone to spend a day in AC. And if you really feel the need, there are the many casinos you can visit as well. And who knows, maybe you'll get lucky. Some people do!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Another Gay Celeb....But Little Hoopla!

I hear people say, "Why is that gay celebs or politicians only get outed when they're involved in a scandal of some kind? Wouldn't it be nice if a "big star" would just come out on his own." Well, they do!

This week T.R. Knight, who plays Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC hit series, Grey's Anatomy came out telling the world that he's gay in PEOPLE. But guess what, there was little fanfare made about this, and that's probably how Knight preferred it. I know T.R. Knight is not a "superstar" actor or politician or sports figure, but he is a fairly well-known guy. I commend Knight for his honesty and courage, and I agree that more celebs need to be honest with themselves and everyone else.

But T.R. Knight is not the only celeb on the out list. Lance Bass, from the former boy band 'N Sync came out about a month ago. And there are many more "famous" gay men and women: take a look at this short list. Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher one of Maher's panel guests was Barney Frank, Rep. from Massachusetts, OUT, LOUD, AND PROUD!

My point here is that celebs come out on their own quite often. Not everyone is outed in the McGreevey or Foley manner. But the McGreevey's and Foley's of the world make for more interesting news. The Knights of the world do not entertain as much as the celebs caught in a scandal. And just like everyone of us that is a "non-celeb", celebrities weigh the consequences of coming out. And just like many of us, celebs may not even realize, or wish to admit to themselves or anyone else, that they are gay.

I also wish more big name celebs, politicians, and sports figures would come out. (You cannot for a moment tell me that if statistically approximately 1 in 10 males are gay, that a professional football team does not have any gay players). But they are out there, and I believe they will slowly acknowledge who they are as society becomes more accepting. And from personal experience, these men and women will enjoy a much fuller, happier life when they do come out.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Dems Strategy

The Democratic candidates are really pounding the failed Bush Administration policies! The Dems are especially attacking the Republican candidates that supported Bush and the Iraq war. And this pisses me off a bit!

Where were these same Democrats 3+ years ago? Where have these Democrats been since? They seem to have vanished except for the past 2 months or so during the campaign. Why did they not stand up to Bush and the Republicans that supported him earlier?

Sure, I'm going to vote for those Democrats, but part of me would like to see "them all" out! I just wish men and women with true convictions to serve could be elected. I just wish men and women who stood for what they truly believed, not what they think will get them elected, would serve this great nation.

It's about time the Dems started to stand against the Bush agenda! I only hope it's not too late!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Please Do Us All A Favor: VOTE!

Every man and woman, and especially gay men and women, should do all they can to get out and vote this November. There is so much riding on the results of this election: whether or not US troops stay in Iraq to be slaughtered; whether or not Bush gets pummelled with inquiries into his illegal behavior; and whether or not gay rights move forward or backwards. For more information on the gay rights issue, the Human Rights Campaign gives some good advice and suggestions on how you can help. It's Menedez for NJ and Casey for PA.

Give Me A Break!

Conservative religious and political leaders in Boston claim their religious rights are being violated by Massachusett's allowing of gay marriage. ''Here in Massachusetts, activist judges struck a blow to the foundation of civilization: the family,'' Republican governor Mitt Romney, a likely presidential candidate, told an applauding crowd of about 1,000 people, some of whom responded with ''Amen.'' GIVE ME A BREAK!!

I don't know of any gay man or woman that believes someone cannot worship the way they want! Legalization of gay marriage does not stop anyone from practicing his/her beliefs the way he/she wants. And what's even sadder is eight states will vote in November on constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage, following 20 states that have already approved bans. Prompted by a ruling from its highest court, Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004. Massachusetts lawmakers are expected to consider a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on November 9.

You don't have to like gay marriage. You don't even have to like gay people! However, they pay the same taxes and provide to this society just like anyone else. And gays should be entitled to the same rights as any other citizen.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Another Good Reason

A story out of Philadelphia gives yet another good reason why every home should have a gun: A 3 year old boy was killed when he found a gun in the home and accidentally shot himself in the face, killing himself. I hope all the gun advocates put this incident on the list of why guns are necessary!

Has The US Helped?

If you think the US has helped the Iraqi people, think again. According to a UN chief anti-torture expert, tortue in today's Iraq may be worse than it was when Hussein was in control. Manfred Nowak said the situation in Iraq was "out of control", with abuses being committed by security forces, militia groups and anti-US insurgents.

One of the most used techniques includes the use of power drills. "They torture them, breaking hands and legs. They use electric drills to pierce their bodies and then the killing is carried out at close range," said Salman al-Faraji, a human rights activist and lawyer. And the "they" in this case: the Iraqi police force.

How much more help can the Iraqi people take?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Problem With the Mark Foley's of the World

The problem with ultra-conservatives, who I will call the Mark Foley's of the world, is that they set a standard for themselves so high that no human could live by. Then, when they fall, they fall hard! The Mark Foley's of the world hide behind causes (or the flag) to cover up their humaness, and when they themselves cannot live up to the standards they have set, they tumble with full velocity to the ground. If you're going to set those kind of standards, you better make sure you can really live by them!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

My Life....My Goal

I have never intended for these trivial thoughts of mine to be a pulpit for any cause, but the longer I live, and the more I experience, I feel I have a goal to achieve in this short time I am here. I also never intended for this to be a place that would single out one issue, but more and more, it appears that is what is on my mind, and that is what my goal is. The more I read in the media and hear from people, I feel compelled to make sure that gay individuals learn to live as who they are, and that society realize that gays are not some two-headed freaks, but people with dreams like anyone else. I want gay individuals to be proud of who they are, and society to allow gay individuals to live as who they were created. For I strongly believe it is our society that makes the Jim McGreevey's and Mark Foley's of the world. It is society that makes men and women do things to "hide" their gayness and push to be someone they are not. And in portraying an image of what they are not, instead of embracing who they are, men and women are driven to create an image that covers up the real person, rather than live freely as who they honestly are.

I am a gay man that took many, many years to come to grips with who I really am. I did everything I could to not be gay: play sports; be Mr. Macho; marry and raise a family; get deeper into religion and prepare for the ministry; and pretending to be as straight as they come. This was not a conscious decision on my part, but all the proceeding behaviors would certainly make me straight, and push my gayness out of me. It wasn't until I divorced, being gay not the reason for this, that I finally, after years of hiding from myself, discovered who I really was! It was only then that I came out of the closet; to myself and to everyone around me! And I will never, never, never, go back into that closet no matter what it costs me!

My goal is that every gay person come to grips with who he/she is sooner than I did. Nobody can come out until he/she is ready. And it is nobody else's job to out anyone. But if I can help one person find themselves, I have accomplished my goal. I applaud those gay men and women who, at an early age, realized who they are, but many, like me, continue to try find ways to make themselves straight. And guess what? You're gay because that's how God made you! There is absolutely nothing you can do to make yourself straight! You can try all you want, but fact is, if you're gay, you're gay! Not a damn thing you can do to change that! So, embrace your gayness and be proud of who you are. And society, instead of trying to squish the individual, should begin encouraging kids and adults to be who they were created to be!

Friday, August 25, 2006

A Gay Old Time In Provincetown

Spent 5 nights in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the gay mecca of the east coast. And like the Pilgrims that landed in Provincetown (Yes, the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown before heading off to Plymouth. It was in the Provincetown Harbor that the Mayflower Compact was signed, establishing the first written laws of the New World), there is a freedom that still exists to this day in PTown, as it is lovingly known. It is not necessarily the freedom the Pilgrims envisioned, but PTown is a very gay friendly town. I would estimate 80-90% of the inhabitants and visitors are gay. But it is NO big deal! Nobody is judged there for who they are! And what a freedom that is! Gay, straight, or whatever, people just are! While there, PTown celebrated Carnival, sort of a gay Mardi Gras. And what a blast it was!
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Bush + Diplomacy = ZERO!

The following is a Letter to the Editor that appeared in The Press of Atlantic City on Wednesday:

Dear Editor,

From the beginning of this recent Middle East crisis between Israel and Hezbollah, President Bush said very little, except to say Israel had a right to defend itself against terrorism and that Israel should proceed cautiously so as not to harm the government of Lebanon. Bush pretty much stayed quiet during the whole event. Then, on the day the cease fire took effect, Bush had to announce that Hezbollah was the definite loser in this conflict, despite Hezbollah's proclamation that they defeated Israel.
From what I saw, neither side won a victory. Both Israel and Hezbollah suffered death and destruction. I cannot for the life of me figure out why our president had to taunt either side. President Bush should have kept his mouth shut! Instead of trying to further peace, Bush only seemed to incite more hatred. Bush had to speak his "bring it on" talk once again. (The last time he did that was on a battle ship in the Gulf proclaiming the US victory in Iraq, and look what that brought us).
There really is no diplomacy in the Bush Administration. President Bush is too busy telling other nations what they will and will not do, and what consequences they will face if they do not obey the US. And we wonder why other people hate us?


The Bush Administration's lack of diplomacy is mindblowing! Bush's approach to diplomacy is "do what we say or else." He constantly tells us "they" hate our freedom and democratic way of life and that's why "they" hate us, but I contend there is much more to the hatred than just that.
Bush does not even try to understand what it is about them that makes them tick. The Bush Administration needs a good lesson in diplomatic tactics!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Please Keep Quiet, Mr. President!

Why doesn't George W. just keep his mouth shut? Today he couldn't help but claim that "Hezbollah suffered a defeat in this crisis." Bush further declared of Hezbollah, "How can you claim victory when you were a state within a state in southern Lebanon, and now you're going to be replaced by an international force?"

Why is it necessary for the US to side with either Israel of Hezbollah in this crisis? Bush seemed to be quite quiet while the "crisis" was going on. So much for his diplomacy! I don't know about you, but it looks to me like both sides lost! I really don't believe either side won. Both lost life unnecessarily. Both accomplished nothing but destruction! Innocent people were devastated! And George W. has to make a political statement out of the entire mess!

If I am correct, the Bible says, "Those who live by the sword will die by the sword." George W. seems to love to live by the sword. Why not just tell Hezbollah and the terrorists in the world to "bring it on!" Oh yeah...he did! And look what that's brought us. And we wonder why "they" hate us!

Help LoBiondo Keep His Pledge-Vote Him Out!

In 1994, when Congressman Frank LoBiondo won his first seat in US Congress, he pledged to limit his stay in Congress to six terms. He has broken his own pledge by seeking a 7th term. Seems LoBiondo has learned that membership has its privleges. Like most Republicans seeking office in 2007, I hope LoBiondo pays for being a pawn of George W. We all need to help him keep his pledge...we need to vote him out! I wonder what other promises LoBiondo has broken on in the past 12 years?

Phone Call From Congressman LoBiondo's Office

My phone rang this afternoon and I noticed immediately a "202" area code. When I answered, the caller told me he was calling from Congressman Frank LoBiondo's office. The member of LoBiondo's staff was responding to my letter that I recently sent to LoBiondo asking him why he supported discrimination by voting in favor of H.J. Res. 88, the Marriage Protection Amendment, the House of Representatives' version of the Senate's Federal Marriage Amendment, permitting marriage only between a man and a woman. (See my earlier post for the specifics). LoBiondo's staff person stated that the Congressman voted his conscience and believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. The staffer said that the amendment would have allowed "civil unions" to be decided on a state by state basis, and that NJ has "civil unions." I informed the staffer that NJ does not have civil unions but some benefits for gay couples living together. I further explained to the LoBiondo staffer that my position is that "civil unions" are less than equal to "marriage" and that any two people should be able to "marry" and enjoy those benefits if he/she so desires. The staffer explained that Congressman LoBiondo does not agree with that position, and I again stated my position. I did thank the staffer for contacting me.

I am appriciative of the call. I have never received a phone call from any legislator despite many letters I have written. (I have received letters in response to my concerns/questions). Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, and Congressman LoBiondo is no different. But I too, and those like me, are entitled to our opinion as well. It is time we stand and defeat such hatred, bigotry, and discrimination!


Come On Boys! Get Your Weapons Ready!

As NJ awaits a State Supreme Court decision as to whether or not gay marraige will be allowed in NJ, social conservatives say they are prepared to take the fight to the ballot box if they lose in the legal arena. "If we get to an imminent threat, if we get to the point where marriage is going to be decided by the court, shouldn't we get to weigh in an issue of such magnitude?" said Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council.

Gotta love that phrase, "imminent threat"! Damn! What a threat we are! We'll all take up our guns and prance wildly in the streets shooting all those married heteros. Or perhanps if gay marriage is allowed in NJ, all the hetero marriages will certainly crumble as all the closeted gay men (know any?) will decide now is the time to split from their wives and come out and get married to their boyfriend! Or maybe each time a gay marriage occurs, a hetero marriage will mysteriously disintegrate with our fabulous gay guns!

I will never for the life of me understand the "imminent threat" gay marriage poses on society. A gay couples' marriage is no more a threat to any hetero marriage than inter-racial marriage. Absolutely NONE!!! You would think all people would be glad that two loving people are willing to commit to each other, to devote their lives to each other and their family. What is the big fear anyway?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lieberman A Victim Of War

Well, Joe Lieberman lost his primary election to anti-way candidate, Ned Lamont. Hopefully this will just be the beginning for those who continue to stand in support of the Iraq war. Lieberman has supported, and continues to support, the debacles of George W. in Iraq. And Lieberman is now paying the price. But according to some, this is not the only thing that defeated Lieberman. Some hold that Lieberman lost touch with his voters by staying in the DC bubble and not listening to his constituents.

The next two elections at least, the 2006 mid-term elections and the 2008 presidential election, will be a referendum on the Iraq War. This may be the only hope for those men and women dying in Iraq. Politicians will see that if they want to win an election, they must support getting our troops out of Iraq. And the next President I believe, will be an anti-Iraq War president intent on stopping it, if it's still going on by then.

George W. is intent on "staying the course" and he will do nothing to stop the killing in Iraq. It will only be when the people of this country get sick and tired of seeing our military men and women die in vain for nothing in Iraq! Already polls show 60% of Americans do not support the war in Iraq. Who knows what that figure will be by the 2008 election?

Sunday, August 06, 2006

No Wonder They Still Support George W.

A new poll shows that half of Americans believe Iraq had WMD's in 2003. I was just discussing with a coworker the other day how any American can support George W. He has lied (or distorted the truth) several times, has misused his powers, and is just down right stupid, but still he has his following. As a matter of fact, there are still Americans who think George W. is one of the wisest men around. And I wonder why? With this new poll, despite a 16-month, $900-million-plus investigation, the U.S. weapons hunters known as the Iraq Survey Group declared that Iraq had dismantled its chemical, biological and nuclear arms programs in 1991 under U.N. oversight, some Americans still chose to believe George W. was right in regards to WMD's. But then again, there are still some Americans who believe a man never walked on the moon!

Vote...........Our Future Depends On It!

I know it's a bit early to be thinking about the 2006 election, but I want to encourage every Pennsylvania resident to vote Rick Santorum out of office! Santorum does nothing but pander to the right-winged religious crazies and the ultra-conservative Republicans. He has really damaged gay rights, not only for PA, but for every US citizen. And it's time that he is stopped!

I have considered moving to PA just to be eligible to vote against Santorum, but I am sure NJ will have its battles to fight in the future. To my knowledge, there are no big decisions to be made in NJ, but in 2008 I am pretty sure Frank LoBiondo is up for re-election, and he too must be defeated.

Philadelphia is a very gay-friendly city. Philly should be proud of its cultural diversity. Afterall, it is where freedom began. It is the City of Brotherly Love, and one which allows true freedom for those who love a bit differently than the "norm." Be proud Philly! Stand up and lead the rest of PA in defeating Rick Santorum!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Come On, Congressman LoBiondo!

I recently wrote an e-mail to Congressman Frank LoBiondo urging him to not support the Marriage Protection Amendment that thankfully was defeated in Congress a few weeks ago. The amendment was the House of Representative's version of the Senate's Federal Marriage Amendment, which was also defeated. LoBiondo supported this amendment by voting in favor of such an amendment to the Constitution. I received a response from Congressman LoBiondo thanking me for my concern and explaining to me what the Marriage Protection Amendment was, and that it was defeated. I already was aware of both these points. So, I wrote back to Congressman LoBiondo, and below is my letter to the Congressman:

Dear Congressman LoBiondo,

Thank you for your response to my e-mail regarding H.J. Res. 88, the Marriage Protection Amendment.

As I am very much aware, H.J. Res. 88 was an amendment to the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. I also know that the resolution did not garner the required two-thirds majority of the House. These two points I completely understand.

My question to you was why did you support such a resolution? Do you honestly believe that discrimination should be a part of the Constitution, or are you too playing Republican politics by being used as a pawn of the extremely right-winged majority and the President of the U.S.?

Gay individuals in this country are not second class citizens and should have the same rights as any other citizen in the U.S. Marriage should be included as one of these rights.

I certainly hope in the future you will vote keeping the wishes of your constituents in mind, not just the outdated desires of the current Republican Party.

Frank LoBiondo, in my humble opinion, is another Republican that needs to go! He does nothing but vote whatever way the Republican Party says he should. His time has run out, and I will do my best to see to it that he is defeated when his term ends (in 2008 I believe).

Prime Those Teats

There was an picture in this morning's newspaper (not the one to the left) reporting the effect the heat has on the production of milk cows. The picture showed a man "priming" the cow's udders. PRIMING THE COW'S UDDERS??!! Such a thing exists in the cow milking world? Having never been raised on a farm, despite what many believe, and having never actually milked a cow myself, I decided to check this out. And yes indeedie, one must prime a cow's udder prior to milking.

After bringing your cow to the milking center or going to the cow, "The next phase involves the removal of a few squirts of milk from each teat" This makes a couple of things happen: It allows the farmer to see if the milk has clots or flakes in it, and secondly, it gets rid of bacteria that may be in the teat opening. So next time you grab that glass of milk, remember some cow's teat was primed for you to get that!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Stuck Record?

Bush and Rummy continue to sound more and more like a stuck record. During a Senate public hearing today, Senator Hilary Clinton reminded Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that this, "is not 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, when you appeared before this committee and made many comments and presented many assurances that have frankly proven to be unfulfilled." Clinton also called for Rumsfeld's resignation. I too am tired of the same old song and dance. Bush and Rummy say the same things at every public occasion. Perhaps they think if something is said enough times, everyone will believe it. Problem for Bush and Rummy is more people are not buying the BS any longer. Clinton has not until now joined the number of Democrats calling for Rumsfeld's resignation, but she too is now not believing the nonsense.

An Easy Way To Piss Off Your Conservative Friends

I recently came across a commentary written by Alan Wofe in the Washington Monthly. I learned today it is an easy way to piss off your conservative friends, if you have any. After slamming the Bush Administration, stating that, "This administration, if not the worst in American history, will soon find itself in the final four", Wolfe begins his reasoning for why Conservatives cannot govern.

Wolfe starts out by presenting the major premise of Conservatives that, "Contemporary conservatism is first and foremost about shrinking the size and reach of the federal government." This mission, Wolfe argues is "an ideological one." As such, this Conservative ideal cannot solve "real-world problems, such as managing increasing deficits or finding revenue to pay for entitlements built into the structure of federal legislation." But once in office, Conservatives must seek ways to better the lives of citizens by handing out wanted entitlements.

Wolfe continues by stating that, "Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class boeuf bourguignon: If you believe that what you are called upon to do is wrong, you are not likely to do it very well." Wolfe also makes the point that this is one of the reasons FEMA has failed under the Bush Administration while flourishing under the Clinton Administration. Conservatives do not believe in government being utilized to assist and help, while Liberals do.

Wole give a lot more examples of why Conservatives cannot govern, and the article is worth the read. How can someone lead if what they believe in, in this case little or no government, is what they are supposed to lead?

Hezbollah....A Surprisingly Strong Foe?

Did Israel or the world ever expect Hezbollah to be such a strong foe? This conflict is in its 23rd day and it doesn't appear Israel has inflicted any real hurt on Hezbollah. The Hezbollah missles keep flying and Israel keeps pounding...further and further into Lebanon. What does it all mean? Who the hell knows!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

YEEE-HAWWW.....Concert Time

Going to see Brad Paisley tonight at the Borgata. Can't wait to mix it up with the Country Boys & Girls.................YEEEEEEEEEEEE-HAWWWWWWWW!

Come On, It's 2006...Why Still The Negativity!

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer had a brief story in the "Newsmakers" section about Simon Cowell, the "mean" judge on American Idol and how Cowell, just a couple of years ago had to deal with rumors he was gay. It made me think: why is there still such a negative attitude when someone is gay? Why do people have to "deal" with rumors about being gay? Do people "deal" with rumors about being black? Do people "deal" with rumors about having blonde hair? (Some do if it's colored). Do people have to "deal" with having blue eyes? I mean what's the BIG "deal" anyway? So what if someone's gay! It's not their choice! Lance Bass, the singer with the group 'N Sync just admitted that he was gay, and it took an entire article in People Magazine. It just blows my mind! It's 2006! You would think that Americans would be able to handle the fact that someone is gay as it's just another part of a person's life. Do we make a big deal about someone being straight? So what's the big deal about being gay?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Bush Violating The Constitution? DUH!

An American Bar Association task force says George W. may be violating the US Constitution. Well, "no shit, Sherlock!" The report of this task force states that Bush may have overstepped his authority in attaching challenges to hundreds of new laws. Bush has added many "bill-signing statements" to many of the laws passed by Congress that Bush signs. These "statements" suggest the president will decline to enforce some laws, and not adhere to some parts of the law because it is in the nation's best interest to do so. I have never heard of such stipulations added to bills before by presidents, but I understand it is common practice. However the ABA says Bush may have gone a bit too far. What brilliance!

An illlegal war in Iraq. Overstepping his bounds to fight terrorists by illegally wiretapping. Keeping prisoners of war, but not having to obey the Geneva Convention rules! These are just a few of the ways George W. has violated the Constitution. I would even be willing to go a bit further and say perhaps George W. has committed war crimes against humanity. Not only is Bush guilty of killing hundreds of American soldiers, but how many innocent Iraqis has Bush slaughtered. It's about time somebody brings the fact that Bush has overstepped his authority to light.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I'll Never Understand The Middle East

I have to admit it: I will never understand the Middle East. And maybe it's because I really don't try hard enough. Everytime I do attempt to figure it all out, things just too complicated and the history goes back way too far for me. I sound like a typical hick when I say, "All they know is how to fight each other. It's just how it's always been." But guess what? Ever since the beginning of time there has been war in the Middle East. One group denies the right of another group to exist. Every country in the Middle East thinks the other country is in their rightful territory. And on, and on, and on. Sadly, alot of this mess comes from religion.

Each Middle Eastern country and each Middle Eastern faith thinks they have the truth. Each party feels their God, or should I say, their perception of their God, is right. Christians in the US feel the same way, but at least they're not willing to die for their belief. To each of the parties in the Middle East, their land, and much more of it, was given to them by God. And each country does what ever it can to get back what is rightfully theirs. And as we all know, some of those believers also think dying for the cause will bring them eternity and rewards in Paradise. Strange thing is not all those countries in the Middle East can be right. But which ones are?

So when I try to figure out the current troubles between Israel and Hezbollah (Lebanon), it is hard to figure out who is right and who is wrong. Hezbollah, the military party in Lebanon, was democratically elected to a majority in Lebanon by the people. Good, right? Well, not for Israel since Hezbollah wants Israel destroyed and does not recognize Israel's right to exist. So Israel, in their opinion, was provoked and threatened has begun this conflict, or war as some might call it. But is Israel going too far? As I heard one critic say, instead of using a scaple to cut out this cancer (Hezbollah), Israel is using a chain saw.

When my mind tries to comprehend this mess and all the other messes that have happened in the Middle East over the years, I usually just stop and go back to my quiet little world. Just like when I get enough of the Middle East crisis on CNN, I turn on the Three Stooges. At least that's something I can understand....but why can't Moe just let the others have their own space. I don't understand!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Get Going Again

It's been sometime since I have written anything. As a matter of fact, it was on my mother's birthday, 6/26 that I made my last post. My mother has been gone since 1985 when she left this world. Not sure if that put a "block" in my mind or exactly what happened to just keep me from spilling any of my unimportant thoughts.

My last post occured just after I had returned from NYC Gay Pride. But since then, gay marriage has taken a big hit. The New York State Court of Appeals ruled that gay marriage is not allowed in NY. In summary, the court ruled that the NY Constitution does not recognize marriage between members of the same sex. But angry New Yorkers continue to show their disdain at the Court's ruling. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, although voicing his support for gay marriage publically, Bloomberg fought a lower court ruling that favored gay marriage because he believed it would have resulted in a hodge podge of rulings across the state. Courts upheld anti-gay marriage initiatives in Nebraska and Tennessee. In Arizona, gay rights supporters have filed suit to keep a marriage amendment vote from placed on the November ballot. That's not to mention all the other states that have rulings or intitiatives against gay marriage. In good old NJ, a decision is still in the waitings for gay marriage, but recent polls in NJ show the majority favor marriage among gays. And on a positive note, Congress voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment just as did the Senate a few months ago. So the battle continues. Amazing that a civil rights issue would be left to voters. Imagine if States voted on which Blacks were free and which remained slaves?

Since I last wrote, the Middle East is erupting in violence. This in itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but this time it just feels different. As much as I try, I cannot take my eyes off CNN where I watch this "reality tv" just wondering what will happen. And only time will tell.

So, there's a few of my thoughts for now. Hopefully I will continue despite my lack of readers.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Celebrate PRIDE!

There's nothing quite like the Gay Pride celebration in New York City. After about a 4 hour parade, the streets were filled with gay men and women celebrating their pride in who they are. From the serious to the sublime, here are just a few of the sites I witnessed:

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Back From NYC

Spent a great time in NYC this weekend. Even in the rain, NYC is terrific. Here are just a couple pics from my adventure:

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More to come!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Rick Santorum-The Weapons of Mass Destruction Expert?

Senator Rick Santorum and Rep. Peter Hoekstra, both Republicans, now claim that Iraq did indeed have weapons of mass destruction. According to Santorum and Hoekstra Iraq had approximately 500 mustard gas and sarin nerve agent weapons. There's only one problem, Rick and Peter: intelligence officials say the weapons of mass destruction referred to by Santorum and Hoekstra were produced before the 1991 Gulf War and there is no evidence any such weapons were produced by Sadam Hussein following the Gulf War, and those produced prior to 1991 could more than likely do no damage.

I guess Rick Santorum is getting pretty worried about his upcoming November election bid. Polls show his support quickly sinking. Come on, Rick. You can't campaign on the Weapons of Mass Destruction theme forever! It may have worked at one time, but it isn't going to work again. That "fact" of Bush & Company, WMD, has been proven to be another exagerated bit of US intelligence a long time ago. While most Republicans are distancing themselves from Bush, Santorum is still trying to hang on to the Bush coattails. It ain't gonna work, Rick. You're going down. Thank God!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Celebrate Pride

It's off to New York City for the weekend, the primary reason to celebrate in NYC's Gay Pride Celebration weekend. Hope to have lots of pictures, stories, and memories to tell about when I return.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

OH Those Caring Republicans

Well, once again the Republican controlled legislators have shown us how much they care about the "little guy." Last week, the the House gave themselves yet another pay raise, and today, the Senate squashed an increase in the minimum wage. So while workers are supposed to exist on $5.15 per hour, our Congress can live their lavish lives so they can solve the world's problems. And not only do US legislators get a nice pay, they have full health benefits...for life! Maybe the rationale there is to encourage the "little guy" to make a bid for Congress? Problem is, most of the "little guys" aren't crooked enough to make it in Congress!

But, we must not forget, that even though our Republican controlled Congress are selfish, they do care about our safety. The Republicans, afterall, are the party of the global war on terrorism. They are the supporters of Bush & Company, who keep all of us safe at night so that our babies can sleep soundly knowing terrorism won't get them. But then can babies that are hungry because their parents don't have food to buy them, sleep at all?

Saturday, June 17, 2006

This Is All I Need

"Here's your card, Daddy. I am a little broke so I didn't get you any present," my daughter said to me today as she handed me this card. Well, to me, that's fine. All I really need is a "Happy Father's Day" salutation and I am pleased. My kids don't need to spend money on me; I have all that I need. Just letting me know they care is all the present I need!

Thanks To Our Reps

A letter sent to House Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Jim Saxton, and to the Press of Atlantic City:

I would like to thank Representatives Frank LoBiondo and Jim Saxton for sentencing more US soldiers to death in Iraq. By voting yes on a House resolution to not set a timetable for the pullout of US troops in Iraq, hundreds, maybe even thousands more, US men and women will die in Iraq.
Iraq is a quagmire in which the US must get out! Congress has sided with President Bush & Company to "stay the course." The reality is there is no "course" and the US will have to continue in Iraq for years to come. Face it. Whenever US soldiers leave an area of Iraq, insurgents return, set up their nests, and US soldiers must return. If the democracy Bush & Company wish to see is ever to be a reality, US involvement in Iraq will only increase.
The only hope is going to be when representatives devoted to see an end to the mess in Iraq are elected. The current president and Congress have no desire to see an end!
Thank you

Sorry Again Smokers....NOT

A Philadelphia smoking ban? Oh Happy Day! All I can say is how glad I am. And the poor bar and club owners! They're going to lose money? I don't think so. Maybe at first there will be a backlash of protestors staying home, but give it a little time, and those that love to hang at such establishments will be back. Those that stay away because of the smoke will beging to come too. So, business owners will make out better. Just be a little patient. Stop all the fuss! Let's face it: smoking is OUT!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Mad As Hell

A glass of red wine on an empty stomach, Natalie Maines singing, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not ready to back down" (Not Ready to Make Nice, Dixie Chicks, Taking The Long Way), and a copy of the latest The Advocate is a bad, bad combination! Why? Because I'm sick and tired of the self-righteous telling me what is and is not my right! And I'm sick and tired of the Democratic party being the wusses they are!

Ever since I bought the Dixie Chicks new CD, I have had the songs in my head. And I'm mad as hell! Then I read interview with Howard Dean, Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee in The Advocate. Dean recently was on Pat Robertson's television show, The 700 Club, and he stated that the Democratic party platform opposed gay marriage equality. Dean was wrong! But when asked by The Advocate "Why don't Democratic politicians who privately favor marriage equality back it publically," Dean's response was, "Because I think it's extremely controversial, and we need to work through that controversy....It is very important that the LGBT community and the Democratic Party not get divided over the one issue that we're still having a big conversation about." BULLSHIT, HOWARD!!! Since when is protecting the rights of the American people "controversial"?

The Democrats are just too afraid to say anything they fear will lose upcoming elections! The Democrats are too busy trying to kiss eveyone's ass that they let Bush & Company take the US to an illegal, unjust war, just as the Democrats are allowing the Republicans to crush the rights of Americans! The Democrats don't want to make any waves! Where's Hilary been? Hiding? Waiting for the right moment to come? Enough already, you wishey-washey Democrats! Stand up and defend the rights of the citizens of the US, no matter what their lifestyle.

I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

When Things Get A Little To Warm

When the summer seems to get too hot, just remember...winter's not far away!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Support For The Chicks

Yesterday the local country station, WPUR 107.3 Cat Country, ran a contest to win tickets to see the Dixie Chicks in Philadelphia. Well, the contest was called "Win or Flush," and the caller who was the lucky one could choose to win the tickets or flush them in protest to the Dixie Chicks. As of about 6PM, there were only 2 winners that chose to flush the tickets. (I am not sure how many callers in total there were).

As you probably are aware, the Dixie Chicks caused quite a controversy when, prior to the Iraq war, Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the group, stated while in concert in London that, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." (I have to say that I am ashamed George W. Bush was ever elected President of the US). Well that was enough to send most country music fans up the wall and call for a boycott, flogging, and some even death, to the Chicks. The majority of country music fans appreciate the Toby Keith mentality that, "You'll be sorry you messed with the U.S. of A./'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass/It's the American way." (Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)).

I was one of those few country music fans that had to say, "Way to go Natalie! Speak the truth!" I sometimes wonder why I listen to country music stations, me, a gay, liberal, Democrat! I always come up with the same answer: I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC, and where else am I going to hear country music? So, I make sure I let the stations I listen to know how I feel about the Dixie Chicks and other issues most country music fans like to put down, one being gay rights.

Well, the "Win or Flush" contest on Cat Country 107.3 motivated me to go buy a copy of the Dixie Chicks' new CD, Taking the Long Way. I gotta say the CD is pretty damn good. And the Chicks make no apologies whatsoever. Maines sings that she "Wouldn't kiss all the asses they told me to" in the song, THE LONG WAY AROUND. In NOT READY TO MAKE NICE, Maines sings, "Forgive, sounds good/Forget, I'm not sure I could/There's nothing left for me to figure out/I've paid a price/And I'll keep paying/I'm not ready to make nice." The songs are filled with bitterness toward the response to Maines' words 3 years ago, but she is confident, "I made my bed and I sleep like a baby." As a country music fan and an American, I give my support to the Dixie Chicks!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Encourage CongressTo Vote NO!

The Federal Marriage Amendment is slated for debate the week of June 5th. Please contact your legislators and tell them to vote NO on the Federal Marriage Amendment which will put discrimination into the Constitution and make same-sex couples second class citizens.

Highly Recommended Wine

Casillero Del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil)
is a wine I recently discovered through a radio commercial. The legend of Casillero Del Diablo goes this way: "In the 19th century, the founder of Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, discovered that his vineyard workers were sampling his greatest wines. To discourage this action, Don Melchor spread the rumor that his deepest, darkest cellar was the Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil), so that no one would dare go in there. It worked, and a legend was born." I must say the Cabarnet is excellent! I found it at a local liquor store, so check it out if you like fine wines!

Another Republican On Our Side

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, has given his support to marriage equality, urging New York's highest court to rule in favor of five gay couples seeking the right to marry. Mayor Bloomberg also spoke out against a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. "The U.S. Constitution should be something that unites, rather than divides Americans," he said. Another Republican that supports us!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Deal With The Stuff That Really Matters, Senators

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is again vowing to bring the Federal Marriage Amendment up for debate on the Senate floor a week from Monday. This is the amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, thus making gay marriage illegal. With all the important happenings in the US, one cannot wonder that this debate is for political purposes only. This will show America, and the Christian right, that the Republicans are the God-fearing, family-value, morally-right party. It is already pretty much known that the Federal Marriage Amendment does not have the two-thirds majority needed in the Senate to further the amendment, but the Republicans want to waste the time anyway.

It is often amazing to me that with so many other important issues that our legislators could be addressing, something that really has no effect on anyone else takes up the time and efforts of our elected officials. Just look at the news and you will see what I mean: People are dying in Iraq; Indonesia had a catastrophic earthquake; peace in the Middle East is not happening; and so on and so forth! But whether or not one man or one woman can create a legal bond between another man or woman is at the top of the Senate agenda! The Senate actually wants to add to our US Constitution an amendment that would discriminate and make certain citizens second class. And what ever happened to the Republicans' desire for States' rule, not involvement of the Federal government?

But today's Republicans, supported so well by the Christian right, men of stature like Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson (leg pressed 2,000 lbs, right), need something to get them elected in November. Bush & Company had devestated the Republican party with their lies and deceit, so it will be another "devil", those gays in America, that will become the target of fear used by the Republicans!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Arlen Spector And His Bully Pulpit

Now now, Senator Arlen Spector! Be nice! Just because you're the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairperson doesn't give you the right to have all the say! Unfortunately, a Senate panel on Thursday advanced a measure that would amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wis) walked out of the hearing because the meeting was not, in his opinion, sufficiently open to the public. Senator Spector shouted out, "If you want to leave, good riddance." Senator Feingold responded, "I've enjoyed your lecture too. See you later, Mr. Chairman."

The measure to ban same-sex marriage passed by a 10-8 vote in the committee to be brought to a full Senate vote. In 2004 the measure failed in the Senate, and the same is expected this time around. The same-sex-marriage ban is one of several hot-button social issues Republicans are raising to rally conservative voters ahead of November's congressional elections.

What a waste of time and effort! And what an act of trying to extend discrimination by the caring, family loving, moral Republicans!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Can The US Really Want To Build Fuel Efficient Cars?

Get this! Philadelphia high school students have been able to do what US auto manufacturers can't, or don't want to! West Philadelphia high school students have developed the Hybrid Attack, a vehicle that accelerates from 0-60 in 4 seconds and gets almost 60 miles per gallon, and can reach speeds of 150 mph. The vehicle is fueled by soy been oil. The students have tweaked and tuned the vehicle for a national alternative fuel competition in New York Wednesday. They are defending, two time Tour de Sol competition champs. Congratulations!

It's amazing that high school students can accomplish what US auto manufacturers cannot! President Bush talks a good game when he states that US consumers need to "get off gasoline" but when it comes to putting his words to action, he and the big auto makers refuse! I say refuse because the "proof is in the pudding." Don't tell me for a minute that the technology to "get us off gasoline" does not exist! It does, but profits are more important, profits for the oil industry as well as the auto CEOs. We could have more fuel efficient cars on the market within a month if all the money and attention to develop these cars was given by those who could. But no! It will be high school students and country singers (Willie Nelson) that fuel their vehicles with alternative fuel sources!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

My Garden Begun

The beginnings of my Balcony Garden:

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Let's see what it looks like in a month!