Changes…

Changes…

And these children
That you spit on
As they try to change their world
Are immune from your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through…

–David Bowie

A little under two years ago, I wrote this post in reaction to Philando Castile’s murder:

Storm’s here.

In that time, nothing changed, until last February, kicked off when a series of white males took up arms against their social circle and inspired a movement in the aftermath of their destruction. Except, that’s not the whole picture. Continue reading “Changes…”

Guns? No. Radical Islam? No. LGBTQ Rights? No. Insanity? Close…

Guns? No. Radical Islam? No. LGBTQ Rights? No. Insanity? Close…

UPDATED: 7:49pm

I didn’t want to go there, but I sure had a sneaking suspicion, and I’ve just been proven right.

According to Gawker Magazine, the shooter was a regular at Pulse. This was no random attack. It was cold blooded, premeditated murder. Daesh had nothing to do with it.

Orlando Shooter Was Reportedly a Regular at Pulse and Had a Profile on Gay Dating App Continue reading “Guns? No. Radical Islam? No. LGBTQ Rights? No. Insanity? Close…”

Why the Moon Matters to Me

Why the Moon Matters to Me

On August 18th of this year, I presented my first-ever sermon, at my Unitarian Universalist congregation. The seeds for the service were stewing for the better part of a year before I forced myself to sit down and put the pieces together.  Continue reading “Why the Moon Matters to Me”

Connecting the Dots…

Connecting the Dots…

UPDATE (10/26/12): It appears the news is heating up. Thanks to the Daily Kos, we may well be looking at the real smoking gun in this campaign. Whether it’s enough to take away Romney’s momentum and make even the staunchest racist Republican vote elsewhere remains to be seen. After all, there are those in the Republican party who simply can’t abide a black man in office.

Sometimes it’s terribly hard to see the big picture, especially when people go to great lengths to keep us from seeing more than little bits and pieces. Continue reading “Connecting the Dots…”

Do you know ALEC? If not, you should. And you should be afraid.

Do you know ALEC? If not, you should. And you should be afraid.

You know that term “States’ Rights” being bandied about by the Tea Party and Romney himself? The theory that legislation is best handled by each state has been around since the founding of the US. It has been used as a tool for restricting racial and civil rights.

Until recently, it was still possible to see our country as a whole, though often divided organization dedicated to the same rights and liberties across state borders. But with the outing of the Stand Your Ground law, something I would call far more sinister has come to light and you should be aware of it before you cast your vote in this election.

In late September of this year, Bill Moyers presented this special report on how the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council has helped corporate America propose and even draft legislation for states across the country:


United States of ALEC from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

The United States of ALEC: Bill Moyers on the Secretive Corporate-Legislative Body Writing Our Laws

The Washington Post explains: and ALEC’s own web site gives more “insight” into its supposedly non-partisan positions.

Why should you be worried? Ask instead: Why are corporations pushing so hard for privatization? Could it be that regulations designed to keep pricing in check are being set aside in the interest of feathering the nests of these already rich companies?

To understand why our country is in the mess it’s in right now, watch Bill Moyers’ video and/or read the transcript. You should wonder why we aren’t hearing more about ALEC.

Remember that Romney and Ryan represent business first, individuals second. If these candidates have their way, they will drive our country right over a cliff and ALEC will sit back and reap the profits. The only losers will be our civil society.

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.”

November 11, 2008: Special Comment on Gay Marriage ~ Keith Olbermann

November 11, 2008: Special Comment on Gay Marriage ~ Keith Olbermann

From a friend, who found it for me…

Keith Olbermann’s special comment on Proposition 8:

And here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChanTFSmqao

It’s long but you should watch the whole thing. All I could think of was “Amen, brother.”
I couldn’t have said it better.

Here’s the text of the Olbermann piece, in case you don’t want to watch the video (which you should): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27650743/

Comments:

JW:
If I were single I’d be writing that man love letters.

SO-D:
I love him anyway.

LD:
Thanks so much for posting this
Wow. I think that’s the first time a new commentary has made me cry.

SO-D:
A Mormon comments on gay marriage: Mormon Church wins on gay marriage

RR:
He said what I said but in a more eloquent way. I wish I had gotten off my duff because about two weeks before the election I realized the “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Why can’t the world live more that way?

I know this has made the rounds, but the comments are almost as funny as the piece itself…

I know this has made the rounds, but the comments are almost as funny as the piece itself…

Les Misbarack

:

I gotta wonder how many takes it took them to produce the finished version…

And in other news:

Connecticut court overturns gay marriage ban

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE4996BE20081011

and finally, in the “Duh” department, now this:

Panel: Palin abused power in trooper case

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/10/palin.investigation/index.html

I’m sure our favorite hockey mom won’t do that when she’s President. Nope. Not her!

That’s all I’ve got tonight, besides a cough. Maybe tomorrow will be more productive….

Comments:

MH:
…but, you know, the investigation was simply a political ploy… just sayin’

Insanely busy the last couple of days…

Insanely busy the last couple of days…

Ok, so before I get started on the last couple of days, this I gotta share (thanks to RN, who finally forced me to get my own YouTube account).

Obviously not safe for work; not at all safe for kids either.

Freedom [better quality]

If you’re wondering why I’m not crowing more about the takeover of the House and Senate, the supremacy of the Democratic Party, or the end of the Evil Empire, understand that I’m just exhausted.

There’s a fine rant about the disgusting timeliness of The Crucible somewhere around here, and I might get there sometime soon, but not in the next couple of days. Besides, I think I need to think some more about what I want to say.

You may be surprised to discover that I’m really hoping people don’t screw this up. In the back of my head I’m hearing “be careful what you ask for” and it’s getting louder all the time.

Well, isn’t that nice…

Well, isn’t that nice…

Glad to know I’m just being patriotic.

ABC News: US president holds news briefing

Bush’s two-day China stop — his third as president to the communist giant — was the centerpiece of a weeklong Asia tour, but an acrid debate at home about the war in Iraq has followed him here. While overseas, the White House has not let a day go by without a no-holds-barred verbal counterattack against Democratic critics of the president’s war policies.

Bush appeared determined Sunday to scale back the rhetoric. Appearing before reporters at his hotel before he attended a lavish dinner with his Chinese hosts, Bush rejected the notion that it was unpatriotic to disagree with him. (Watch business and pleasure in Beijing — 3:17)

“People should feel comfortable about expressing their opinions about Iraq,” he said. “This is not an issue of who is patriotic and who is not patriotic. It’s an issue of an honest open debate about the way forward in Iraq.”

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