Friday, February 29, 2008

Ellen Speaks Out

I like the fact that Ellen does not use her sexual orientation on her show to promote being gay, but with this clip, I think her message comes across loud & clear. I only hope she has some sort of impact with the public about this.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Italy: Men Can’t Grope...Themselves

Whatever their reason might be, a passing hearse or simple discomfort, Italy’s highest court ruled that men may not touch their genitals in public. The ruling settled an appeal by a 42-year-old worker from Como, north of Milan, who was convicted in May 2006 of “ostentatiously touching his genitals through his clothing,” though his lawyer argued it was a problem with his overalls. But the court struck against a broader practice: a tradition among some Italian men of warding off bad luck by grabbing the crotch. The court ruled that this “has to be regarded as an act contrary to public decency, a concept including that nexus of socio-ethical behavioral rules requiring everyone to abstain from conduct potentially offensive to collectively held feelings of decorum.” The judges suggested that if they need to, men can wait and do it at home.

[this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard... but...just sayin']

Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community

I'm running for President to build an America that lives up to our founding promise of equality for all – a promise that extends to our gay brothers and sisters. It's wrong to have millions of Americans living as second-class citizens in this nation. And I ask for your support in this election so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans.

Equality is a moral imperative. That's why throughout my career, I have fought to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans. In Illinois, I co-sponsored a fully inclusive bill that prohibited discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity, extending protection to the workplace, housing, and places of public accommodation. In the U.S. Senate, I have co-sponsored bills that would equalize tax treatment for same-sex couples and provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees. And as president, I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment. But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples — whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage. Unlike Senator Clinton, I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – a position I have held since before arriving in the U.S. Senate. While some say we should repeal only part of the law, I believe we should get rid of that statute altogether. Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does. I have also called for us to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and I have worked to improve the Uniting American Families Act so we can afford same-sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system.

The next president must also address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. When it comes to prevention, we do not have to choose between values and science. While abstinence education should be part of any strategy, we also need to use common sense. We should have age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception. We should pass the JUSTICE Act to combat infection within our prison population. And we should lift the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. In addition, local governments can protect public health by distributing contraceptives.

We also need a president who's willing to confront the stigma – too often tied to homophobia – that continues to surround HIV/AIDS. I confronted this stigma directly in a speech to evangelicals at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, and will continue to speak out as president. That is where I stand on the major issues of the day. But having the right positions on the issues is only half the battle. The other half is to win broad support for those positions. And winning broad support will require stepping outside our comfort zone. If we want to repeal DOMA, repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and implement fully inclusive laws outlawing hate crimes and discrimination in the workplace, we need to bring the message of LGBT equality to skeptical audiences as well as friendly ones – and that's what I've done throughout my career. I brought this message of inclusiveness to all of America in my keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention. I talked about the need to fight homophobia when I announced my candidacy for President, and I have been talking about LGBT equality to a number of groups during this campaign – from local LGBT activists to rural farmers to parishioners at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Dr. Martin Luther King once preached.

Just as important, I have been listening to what all Americans have to say. I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans. But neither will I close my ears to the voices of those who still need to be convinced. That is the work we must do to move forward together. It is difficult. It is challenging. And it is necessary.

Americans are yearning for leadership that can empower us to reach for what we know is possible. I believe that we can achieve the goal of full equality for the millions of LGBT people in this country. To do that, we need leadership that can appeal to the best parts of the human spirit. Join with me, and I will provide that leadership. Together, we will achieve real equality for all Americans, gay and straight alike.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vanessa Williams accepts Human Rights Campaign Award

Wow, now she has class! Not just because she is supporting the GBLT community, but because she is truly an amazingly strong woman. I can't believe she's almost 45... damn, she looks great for her age and takes good care of herself. I know she's done botox, but at least she isn't over doing it like some other celebrities out there. Kudos Vanessa!

An observation of the Obama/Clinton debates

I have noticed that when you talk with someone who is supporting Clinton, all they do is throw mud and Obama. They don't talk about the issues, or, how Clinton will move us forward. They are very negative.

When you talk to people about Obama, they are positive, upbeat, with and excitement for the future. They are informed on the issues and choose to vote based on sound policy, not bullshit.

I believe it is time the middle of the road, moderates take back control of this country. We have let the right and left control the majority moderates for way too long.

That is evident by the popularity of McCain with the Republicans and Obama with the Democrats. Most people are middle of the road and we are tired of the extremist like the Bush's and Clinton's running this country. I think that is why Obama supporters are so upbeat, excited and his rallies are like pep rallies or concerts.

For the first time in years we actually have a candidate that can move us forward instead of to the right or left. Someone that can solve the insurance and medical crisis that is not backed by insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist like Clinton, someone that has a great plan to handle the education crisis that we are now ranked below some 3rd world countries, someone that will bring our troops home now instead of letting them die for a war we should have never fought, someone that will bring business back to America and provide jobs and tax breaks for the working and middle class. Someone that has not been in Congress long enough to make enemies, but someone that can truly cross the party lines and move us forward.

So, if your going to vote for a candidate, talk about the issues, how they can help America. Don't just sling mud and make negative comments about the opposing candidate. We have put up with that shit way too long. If you cannot say something positive about the candidate and where they will take our country then keep your opinions to yourself. Thanks for reading this, and, no matter who you vote for, do it for the right reason.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

What The Fuck????!!!!!

Trying to hide cosmetic surgery... better off to leave well enough alone!

Did you see it last night?

the lunar eclipse...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Superman Tuesday

Ummmm, please note the think that's real?

Super man

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Super Delegates

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about this. To get a better understanding on how the process works and how it all came about look here.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Gwen Verdon

I think I will have a Mexican breakfast tomorrow morning! LOL

Is he serious? I mean what planet is he on!

Bush "The stakes in November are high. This is an important election. Prosperity and peace are in the balance," Bush told about 2,000 people attending the Conservative Political Action Conference. "So with confidence in our vision and faith in our values, let us go forward, fight for victory and keep the White House in 2008."

Prosperity and Peace? We haven't had either since the day he stole the first election!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Varsity

In case you were wondering why I have this up on my blog. The Varsity is a restaurant chain, iconic in the modern culture of Atlanta, Georgia. The main branch of the chain is the largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world. There are now six branches across metro Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. Hmmmmmm, so tasty, but oh so greasy, or at least this is what I'm told. The picture above should give you a clue!

More on Grand Central

I've been on a couple blogs and Grand Central seems to be the topic lately. So, here's my contribution ... Frozen at Grand Central

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A loss for Kennedy

HILLARY CLINTON didn't just beat Barack Obama in Massachusetts.

She beat Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Bay State's liberal icon; Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic Party nominee; and Governor Deval Patrick, the Bay State's purveyor of hope and optimism.

Remember the Etch-A-Sketch boards??

Wow... now this is talent, I could barely make a house on those things. lol


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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Sunday?!!

It all depends on how one looks at it. For me, it involves watching the Super Bowl with friends and having a good time.

It is also my Birthday today, plus the Krewe of Bacchus parade will roll during the Super Bowl; and Fat Tuesday is also Super Tuesday. So, what are your plans for the day today, if I may ask?

Friday, February 1, 2008

Ann Coulter: I'd Campaign for Hillary if McCain is GOP Candidate

I can't believe I'm posting this to my blog, but...

Things are getting really confusing.

Colmes has no answer for this latest tirade from Ann Coulter, asking her to fill in for him next week after she declares that she'd vote for Hillary Clinton over John McCain. In fact, she'd campaign for her.

Says Coulter: "She's more conservative than he is. I think she'd be stronger on the war on terrorism. I absolutely believe that...I will campaign for her if it's McCain. He has led the fight against torture at Guantanamo. She hasn't done that. She hasn't taken a position in front....He keeps going on and on about how he was the only Republican who supported the surge and other Republicans attacked him. It was so awful how he was attacked, it was worse than being held in a tiger cage. Well I looked at the record, Republicans all supported the surge. He's not only not the only one who supported the surge. I promise you no Republican attacked him for this and you know why I think he's saying that, Sean. I realize cause he keeps saying it every debate. He's confusing Republicans with his liberal friends. They're the ones who attacked him for it. His real friends...Their positions are about that far apart. When George Bush said at the State of the Union address that the surge is working in Iraq, Obama sat on his hands, Kennedy sat on his hands, Hillary leapt up and applauded that we are winning the surge in Iraq. She gave much better answers in those debates when Democrats like Obama and Biden were all saying what will we do when three cities are attacked. She said I will find who did it and I will go after them. Hillary is absolutely more conservative (than McCain). Moreover, she lies less than John McCain. She's smarter than John McCain. So that when she's caught shamelessly lying. At least the Clinton's know they've been caught lying. McCain is so stupid he doesn't even know he's been caught."

SJSU suspends blood drives; gay-donor ban called discriminatory

I've always thought this was discrimatory, especially with the recent screening techniques.

In a controversial move believed to be a first by an American college, San Jose State University President Don Kassing has suspended all campus blood drives because of a longstanding government policy that bars gay men from donating blood.

The policy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration "affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy," Kassing said in a lengthy e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students earlier this week.