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World Keeps On Spinnin’

Posted by Daniel on June 29, 2009

First off I wanted to address the following comment left on a previous post.

Ricardo writes:

A new comment on the post #1551 “Lessons To Learn”…

Comment:
WTF was that “Gay House” video about?  Do you really burst into flames?  Or is the point that you’re both going to die?
PS: Where has Seth been lately?  I haven’t seen any posts from him since his “Oh, I’m not funny… but I’m going to try it” several weeks ago…

PS: Why no comments upon Michael Jackson passing? Or are you too broken up over it to write?

Ricardo, the “Gay House” video was just something I found online because I was searching for humorous videos about gays.  Not so much to stereotype us, but because I like funny videos and inject them into any relevant post.  No, we don’t burst into flames, though there are times we’ve been accused of being a tad on the “flamey” side when we are acting up.

As for Seth and his posting frequency, he’s been pretty busy lately with the odd hours he works, not to mention taking care of upcoming events – which I will go into in more detail in a sec.  I’m sure Seth has a lot to say and post about and he wanted me to let everyone know that he will be back to posting as soon as everything settles down.

On your third point regarding the passing of Micheal Jackson, we felt that there was nothing we could say that hasn’t been better said on thousands of other sites as well as splached all over the news.  While we are, as a point of fact, saddened by his passing, we thought it best to leave the eulogies to the experts.

Moving onward…

And speaking of moving, there will be a slight lull in my writing towards the middle of July as well.  Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up about that.

I am about to make what many of you would view (at first glance) as a rash decision.  I am about to leave my current job and move into a new apartment more centrally located in town (in a FAR better/safer area).  And I know that many would say that this is a very risky thing to do considering the current job market.  And I am the first to agree with you, however there are some extinuating details that you should know before passing judgement on my decision.

First off, let me give you a little background…my employer is the most dishonest person I or Seth or the tenants or anyone (outside the Bernie Madoff victims) have ever met.  He cheats on his wife daily, evicts tenants who refuse to sleep with him, refuses to pay all of his employees or vendors on time ever, lies to everyone habitually just to get make sure none of his employees, etc.  That last one he actually said he does because if employees get along, they will conspire against him.  Paranoid much?  Seriously, he doesn’t allow tenants’ kids to play with any kind of ball (even a blow-up beach ball) and will storm outside and take the balls from the kids.  THEN he will give it to his little eight year old brat and let HIM play with the pilferred balls in front of the kids!!!

Secondly, it’s about his newest bookkeeper, whom he’s now sleeping with.  She has repeatedly stolen cash rent payments from the office to finance her trips to Florida, and the owner knows of her guilt.  Next thing any of us knows, they are sleeping together.  The bile continually bubbles up.

Now there are two things in life that I just can’t stand in other people and also I am completely incapable of…

Stealing and Cheating On Someone!!!!

Now it seems I am working in an office where the two posterchildren seem to thrive.  And this is why I want to leave.

I know I can’t do anything about the cheating boss…that’s something that he can deal with when his wife finds out.  But I have, as a point of fact, expressed my dislike of working with someone who has been proven to steal from the office.  Because I told the owner that I was concerned about working with someone proven to be untrustworthy, both he AND she have suddenly decided that I have rocked their boat (the Titanic) beyond their liking.  And because of this, I have become the pariah.

It really sucks.  I mean I fully understand that there is always going to be a little of the office politics/drama no matter where you work.  Life – especially work life – is its own ball of stresses.  This, however, is another animal entirely.  The fact that I am now being treated horridly (no exaggeration) every single day since I voiced my original concerns has manifested itself in what feels like an ulcer and my nerves are completely shot.

I would rather be unemployed (temporarily) than to continue watching my health fade for the sake of two very horrible people.

So here is where we are currently…I’ve managed to save some money thanks to the fact that my job came with an apartment.  So in addition to not having to pay rent, we also didn’t have to pay for PG&E (gas & electric) because it was included in the contract, and also our cable was greatly reduced since there are over 100 units here and managers get that deal.  Not to mention the vehicle insurance went down over $120 per month…finally.  So, out of my monthly salary, I was able to save a few grand.

The problem now is do I risk blowing through our savings and THEN having the owner decide to axe me because of my reaction to his falandering with the current office thief (which he has eluded to several times last week AND this morning)?  Or do I chuck this horrible situation, move Seth and I out of this shitty ghetto and then try like hell to get a job picking up dog poop in the parks (which I am not above doing if needs be)?

It’s a sticky choice no matter which one we make, to be sure.  But Seth has already started packing up our apartment just in case.

Oh, and we did find the cutest two-bedroom closer to his job that is the same (normal) price as our current one, but is 300 s.f. larger, has both a front patio AND a sizable back yard, AND a washer/dryer included AND accepts small pets with no deposit.

Okay, so what do you think?  You know how I value your opinions.

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Lessons To Learn

Posted by Daniel on June 26, 2009

You know, I’ve heard so much about how gay people just want to make everyone else gay.

Well, first off, I would hope the hell NOT!!!  Because, and forgive the brutal honesty, most of you hetero’s out there just don’t have the looks or style to carry off such a trait.  And your taste in fashion and furniture… peeeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuwwwwwwwww!!!

Besides, I would hate for you to have to go through the schooling WE had to contend with.  I mean really…I had to re-take “LUBE-101″ twice before I could move on to the next course…which was NO elective…”Moisturizing and Products”.

Just take a gay-ander at this:

This ain’t no Romper Room, bitches!!!

Oh, and then there were the required toys that we had to play with:

Then, before we graduate, we have to go through the finals:

And then we have to try being Jocks:

Then we get all gussied up and have a parade:

And lets not forget when we finally pair up and start nesting:

(Just a note…we don’t usually keep a German soundtrack playing in our house, nor do we break into interpretive dance when there is a grease fire in the kitchen.  And who the fuck designed “Christopher”???)

Wanna argue against gay Marriage?…:

So watch out, America…we’re out to turn you around.

And you’d better hope that’s the ONLY way we turn you!!!

😉

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Permanently Positively Pouting Palin

Posted by Daniel on June 25, 2009

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Sarah Palin is, once again, responding forcefully and dramatically to a perceived attack on one of her children, this time attacking an Alaska blogger who edited a picture of her and her baby son, Trig, to replace Trig’s face with the image of a conservative Alaska talk show host, Eddie Burke.

The emailed response from Palin’s spokesman, Meghan Stapleton, seemed as staged and melodramatic as everything else that comes out of the Governor:

Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the Governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother’s love for a special needs child.

The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling. To learn that two Alaskans did it is absolutely sickening. Linda Kellen Biegel, the official Democrat Party blogger for Alaska, should be ashamed of herself and the Democratic National Committee should be ashamed for promoting this website and encouraging this atrocious behavior.

Babies and children are off limits. It is past time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans. The Obama Administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned.

Let’s break this down, shall we?

  1. “Malicious Desecration”?  Who the hell does Palin think this photo was OF, anyway…The Virgin Mother Palin holding the Child Trig???  What self-flattery and gaul!!!
  2. “Iconic Representation of a Mother’s Love”?  Excuse me, but aren’t you the one who keeps hauling these kids out onto the stage and shoving them in front of every camera you see coming at you?
  3. You’re sickened that it was two Alaskans that doctored the photo?  So what..you would be fine with it if some sick twisted faggot like me here in California had done it?  Believe me, Sarah, I truly wish I HAD thought of it before, because I thought it was fucking hilarious…oh, and I knew who the picture was aimed at…just like you did…contrary to your fake anger.
  4. “The Democratic National Committee should be ashamed…”  Where the hell has your outrage for all of the doctored photos depicting Obama AND family as watermelon-planting carpetbaggers??? Why didn’t I hear you demanding the republican National Committee be ashamed of the picture they emailed out showing all the presidents portraits, but the one of Obama as a black box with two white eyes peering out?  Or of his face on a food stamp?  Fuck you and your fake anger and overweening ego.
  5. “Time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans”? You fake bible-thumping gay-bashing white-trash tea bagging biggots have got some nerve calling for tolerance for ALL Americans, so long as they are the kind YOU like.
  6. “Degeneracy”?  Well, you would know all about that, being the Poster Child of degeneracy.

The blogger, Linda Kellen Biegel, responded in no uncertain terms that she was making fun of Eddie Burke, a talk-radio host on KBYR who is a fervent Palin backer, not of Trig.

“It’s called ‘Baby Burke’ because it’s Eddie Burke…basically his probable second-biggest fantasy about the Governor,” Biegel wrote. “So, connecting the dots for you…WE’RE MAKING FUN OF EDDIE BURKE!!!!!!”

Stapelton also suggested President Obama should speak out against such behavior from liberal activists.

Earlier this month Biegel filed an ethics complaint against Palin for wearing a jacket made by a company that sponsored her husband — a snow mobile racer — to a public event. An investigator ruled Palin had not acted wrongly and the Alaska governor accused Biegel “asinine political grandstanding.”

Seriously, Sarah, who do you think trig should be more angry with? Some writer who used part of his image to make a point about how crooked and fake and utterly useless a politician you are?

Or…

YOU!!!
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A Little Charity goes A Long Way

Posted by Daniel on June 24, 2009

Just a little sidestep here to rant about a review I read online this morning.

While reading up on my daily dose of news and politics (yes, I can seperate the two), I happened across a movie review that, in my opinion, sounded less like a professional review, and more like the rantings of a jilted lover.

I speak of so-called movie critic Tom Charity.  His review of the upcoming movie “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” seemed a little on the emotional side to me.  I won’t quote everything he said (you can read his tripe at the link above), but I will give you the ending…

The truth is, (Michael) Bay is a rotten fit for this assignment; he’s much too self-important to recalibrate his approach for the younger audience this material demands.

Memo to Michael: It’s a toy movie. Your audience is predominantly teen and pre-teen. My kids don’t need to see your salivating soft-porn fantasies or your reactionary militaristic politics.

Most of all, none of us needs to sit through 2½ hours of this inane and mind-numbing movie. Better it should be melted down for scrap.

Now I’m not going to slam every word Charity wrote.  I’m sure he probably was let down by what he saw…especially given the fact that he is neither a “teen or pre-teen”.  Perhaps they might actually enjoy the movie for what it was made to be…juvanile and all for fun.

Honestly, Mr. Charity, most of us who actually go and see movies like this aren’t looking for the Oscar-worthy acting.  Don’t you remember the line from the first installment?  “You’re a soldier now…“.  My friends and I still laugh at how corny that was, but we also know what kind of movie we were watching.

If you’re going to these kinds of movies thinking you’re going to glean some “Mildred Pierce” acting/dialog out of it, you will forever be disappointed.

As for your utter disgust and bitter disappointment in this movie – by the way, I haven’t seen it yet but already know I will like it because I don’t go to them for the acting – maybe you should stick to Disney cartoons.  They are short and no one runs in slow motion.

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Democratic Drive By…

Posted by Daniel on June 18, 2009

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So, what are we supposed to do now, Mr. President?  Just roll with it because that’s how you roll?

President Obama’s decision to grant some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees is seen by some as his attempt to extend an olive branch to the gay and lesbian community, but critics say it’s “too little, too late.”

“It seems to me at least to be a nice gesture, but a disappointment,” said Richard Kim, a senior editor at The Nation magazine.

The memorandum Obama signed Wednesday is not expected to grant health and retirement benefits to same-sex partners, as that is prohibited under the Defense of Marriage Act.

“It will absolutely be seen as something good — but I think, for example, it not including full health insurance — that is going to put a real microscope on that question. You know, why not?” Kim said, adding that the memo applies only to federal employees, so most people will not be affected by it.

Charles Moran, the spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans, said the lack of full benefits in Thursday’s memorandum shows a lack of commitment to the gay community.

“That’s the part that just shows that the Obama administration really isn’t serious about their promises to the gay and lesbian community. Things like the health benefits, things like retirement benefits and coverage for spouses. These are the core issues,” Moran said.

“Why start the marathon if you’re not serious about ending the race?” he added.

White House officials involved in discussions with gay-rights advocates say that Obama favors extending full health care benefits to same-sex couples but that will take legislation to accomplish.

Moran said Obama has had multiple opportunities to fulfill his promises to the gay and lesbian community — including by repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and standing against the Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Here we are, several months after he’s been inaugurated, and we’ve gotten basically nothing. So it is too little, too late,” Moran said.

White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama will keep his word.

“[Extending benefits to same-sex couples] is a matter of fairness. The president is committed to ensuring that fairness as well as working on and fulfilling other promises that he has made in the campaign around things like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ ” Gibbs said.

The president has faced sharp criticism over the Justice Department’s filing in support of the Defense of Marriage Act, which opposes same-sex marriage. The act used the government’s interest in opposing incestuous marriages to support its position against same-sex marriage.

Openly gay Rep. Barney Frank said the Obama administration made a “big mistake” and is calling on the president to clearly explain his views on the matter.

“The wording they used was inappropriate,” the Massachusetts Democrat told the Boston Herald in an interview published in the paper’s Wednesday edition.

Many gay activists have called on Frank and other gay members of Congress to speak out against the recent Department of Justice brief.

The rancor threatens to disrupt a big Democratic National Committee gay fundraiser in Washington next week.

Vice President Biden is the guest at next Thursday’s DNC’s LBGT Leadership Council 10th Annual Dinner in Washington. Critics are calling for Frank and other gay congressional leaders to boycott the dinner, for which tickets go for $1,000 to $30,000 a plate.

Activist David Mixner and blogger Andy Towle, two well-known gay rights advocates, announced that they were pulling out, citing disappointment with the Defense of Marriage Act brief.

If you’ll remember, the president also rankled gay advocates before his inauguration when he named megachurch pastor the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing-in. Warren, in an interview with Belief.net, likened homosexuality to bestiality and incest. He also supported California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in that state.

During the Warren controversy, Obama — who frequently spoke in favor of gay and lesbian rights during the campaign but has said he opposes same-sex marriage — declared himself “a fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans.”

Given the support Obama received from the gay community during the campaign season,  so far the Obama administration has let gay and lesbian rights activists down.

On election day Obama got 70 percent of the vote from those who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.

“I think there is an overwhelming feeling that he has not lived up to expectations on these matters,” he said.

But, he added, “there’s some sympathy for him — there’s the worst recession since the Great Depression, troops are in two different countries in the Middle East — so there’s a lot on his plate.”

Kim said Obama’s full agenda, however, shouldn’t be used as an excuse to delay action on gay rights issues. If the administration waits until there is a news hole, then the issues will be subject to a lot of debate, he said.

“In the middle of the health care debate, saying we’re going to do health care, we’re going to fix the economy and then this other [gay rights] stuff — of course it’s right. It doesn’t require a national debate,” he said. “This is stuff that’s been debated forever. America does not need a huge national debate on some of these issues,” Kim said.

Kim said while Obama has disappointed the gay community, he still has some time to make good on his campaign promises.

“I think people will wait through the first two legislative sessions, but then after that some of this stuff does need to move to the front,” he said.

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GOPredjudice

Posted by Daniel on June 17, 2009

And now, from the state of Tennessee, we bring you the Obama “Spook” photo e-mailed from a GOP Senator’s office — on an official state e-mail account, no less:

Sherri Goforth, a legislative staffer working for Sen. Diane Black, a Gallatin Republican, confirmed to Nashville Is Talking that she sent around an email depicting portraits of all the U.S. presidents — but on the last slot, where Barack Obama should be, there is just an empty black spot with two eyes (see below).

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When asked whether she understood the controversial nature of sending the email on her state account, Goforth replied, “I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button … I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.” Goforth told the press that she received a letter of reprimand from Sen. Black.

Get it? Huh? Not really…

She’s sick about it alright — sick that she got caught and exposed as a racist — not because she sent out a highly offensive, racist image of our president. Not to worry dear readers, Goforth is keeping her job, for the moment:

Update 1: Black confirmed that she had reprimanded Goforth verbally and in writing. She said no further action was anticipated.

“I think this was a bad decision on her part,” Black said. “She fully understood. … It really doesn’t matter to me why it was sent — whether it was a mistake or a decision — it won’t be tolerated.”

Update 2: Goforth went home for the day, and a spokeswoman for the Senate Republican Caucus declined to comment on the ground that it is a personnel matter. The spokeswoman referred questions to Black, who is currently in a Senate Finance Committee meeting.

Rep. John DeBerry, the chairman of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators, said the incident reflects poorly on Tennessee and lawmakers.

“It’s unfortunate, and it’s another in a series of unfortunate incidents that have happened across this country with this president,” he said. “It sends the wrong message from the state of Tennessee, and it sends the wrong message from the House and Senate. I wish it hadn’t happened.”

Rep. Mike Turner, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, linked the message to other controversial statements attributed to Tennessee Republicans.

“This is blackbird revisited,” he said, referring to a flyer distributed last fall regarding former state Rep. Nathan Vaughn.

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Pride & Predjudice

Posted by Daniel on June 15, 2009

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A state Republican activist has admitted to and apologized for calling a gorilla that escaped from the Columbia, SC “Riverbanks Zoo” Friday an “ancestor” of First Lady Michelle Obama.

A screen capture of the comment, made on the Internet site Facebook.

The image shows a post by an aide to state Attorney General Henry McMaster describing Friday morning’s gorilla escape at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo.

Longtime SCGOP activist and former state Senate candidate Rusty DePass responded with the comment, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

DePass said he was talking about First Lady Michelle Obama.

DePass has been involved in state politics for decades, and helped elect Republican Governor Jim Edwards in 1974. He was an early South Carolina supporter of former President George W. Bush in 2000.

Some of DePass’ political allies and rivals told what they thought about the comment.

“Even if it was taken out of context – its not something that should have ever been said. It’s sad, disappointing, and unfortunate,” said former SCGOP Chairman Katon Dawson.

Columbia Mayor Bob Coble also condemns the comment.

“You know, I think the comment is inappropriate. It’s a racist comment,” he says. “I think Mr. DePass should apologize.”

Last Friday night, DePass was asked about his comment. He said, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

“You know, I don’t think there’s anything funny about that comment,” says Mayor Coble. “That is the First Lady of the United States. We’ve had a long tradition of wonderful first ladies, and I don’t think any of them deserve that type of comment.”

DePass took his apology a bit further. He also said, “The comment was hers. Not mine,” saying the first lady made statements in the media recently saying we are all descendents of apes.

But an Internet search for those comments turned up no news articles of the like.

“I don’t know of any,” says Coble.

All of that aside, the mayor wants a clear-cut apology.

“Rusty DePass is well known in the community, and I know he’s done very good things in addition to his political work,” says Mayor Coble. “I don’t want a comment like that coming out of Columbia, South Carolina for the world to comment on.”

The comment has been removed from Facebook. DePass’ Facebook page has also been deleted.

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Playing The Shame Blame Game

Posted by Daniel on June 12, 2009

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Okay, so those of you who don’t keep your intellectual heads stuck in the sand already have heard about this insane back and forth between David Letterman and the Palin family.

Letterman joked Tuesday that Palin’s “daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez” at a recent Yankees game. He admitted the following night that the joke was in “poor taste,” but he insisted the line was in reference to 18-year-old Bristol, who gave birth to a boy in December.

Letterman quipped that the Palin family went to a Yankees game and “there was one awkward moment during the seventh-inning stretch: Her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”

That, says Palin, “crossed the line.”

“We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me,” Letterman said.

Bristol being eighteen years old, and, I might add, open to criticism because she puts herself out there in the public eye preaching abstinence on a tour sponsored by a company that makes slutty clothes for “tweens”.

Letterman was not…repeat NOT talking or joking about the Palins’ younger or youngest daughters.  Not in the slightest.

So, in the spirit of political muckraking that seems more of a genuine personal trait for the Palins than the way they do their hair and make-up (yeah, I DO mean both of them), we get the following political verbal vomit:

“I would say you and anybody else are extremely naive to believe that very convenient excuse of David Letterman’s the other day,” Palin said on Friday’s Today show. “It took a couple of days for him to think of that excuse—no, he wasn’t talking about my daughter, my 14-year-old that was with me at the game, he was talking about some other daughter.”

Palin also attempted to defend the family statement on the matter released Thursday.

“The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show,” the Palins said in response to the host’s invitation to sort out the mess on air.

“Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.”

Asked if she stood by her response or believed it was in any way appropriate to insinuate that Letterman could not be trusted in the company of a 14-year-old girl, Palin stood pat.

“Take it however you want to take it. It’s a comment that came from the heart,” she said before trying to soften its wildly overswung blow.

“Willow no doubt would want to stay away from David Letterman after he made such a comment.”

“It’s not in bad taste, it’s not in bad taste. Maybe he couldn’t be trusted because Willow has had enough of those comments and maybe Willow would want to react to him in a way that maybe would catch him off guard. That’s one way to interpret such a comment.”

Still, for all her talk, Palin said she neither wants nor expects an apology from the chat host. But she hopes he issues one all the same.

“He doesn’t have to apologize to me, I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country for contributing to that thread in our culture that makes it sound like it’s OK to talk about young girls in that way.”

I still think the only apology he owes is to flight attendants around the world.  Honestly, to be compared to an opportunistic lying sack of poop who has absolutely no problem with hoisting her own children into the publics’ view, thereby causing them to be targets of humor of ANY kind (and KEEPING them there as long as they can gain political pitty points).  It has to suck for those flight attendants.

Adding to the mix was the husband, Todd Palin:

“Concerning Letterman’s comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he’d ever dare make such comments about anyone else’s daughter): ‘Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands — that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone’s daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'”

While I, too, think Dave went “there” with his joke about BRISTOL, it is clear what the Alaskan Governor and her husband are doing.  And I must say that using ALL of their daughters as political fodder just to score sympathy points is going to backfire come her re-election bid for Governor.

And who will she ask to apologize then?  We already know who she will blame.

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Universal Healthscare

Posted by Daniel on June 9, 2009

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You keep hearing a lot about how Congress is doing everything to make healthcare more accessible and affordable to the average citizen.  I would have said Average Joe, but that name went down the drain along with the GOP and their posterboy the plumber.

Depending on the news source of your choice, feelings and opinions from the talking heads range from “Universal Healthcare Now!!!” to “Universal Healthcare?  Why don’t you just ask Stalin to be your Gyno and Hitler to be your Mohel?”

Democrats have been rallying for UHC for decades, as have many in the medical field, as they feel many of the critical healthcare choices for their patients are now being made by some stuffy claims adjuster in an insurance office rather than by an actual doctor.  Not to mention a vast number of Democrats’ constituents can no longer afford insurance and often times have to make a hard choice between much-needed healthcare and food on the table.

The GOP, on the other hand, seems oblivious to the cries of those who are uninsured.  To the Republicans (most of them, at least), you are just asking for more government entitlements and pushing the country ever closer to the vast abyss of Socialism.  And besides, why should you get something for nothing?  Why should the government pay for your medical care?  A true Patriotic American would know this to BE Socialism, stand up for themselves, get that forth job at the drive-thru window and stop your blubbering.

To be sure, I’ve had the odd argument with friends of mine who happen to be Republicans (a few are even Washington politicians) and agree with the GOP’s version of reality.  In spite of our VAST political differences, we remain friends because we CAN discuss our differences without blowing each other up.  Several of these friends tell me there has to be something the Democrats/Obama will accept as an employee/insurance deal that will not break the backs of the rest of America or the insurance/pharmacutical companies.

Well, there IS an employee/insurance deal in the U.S. that includes unlimited doctor office visits of your choosing; covers all accidents, routine exams, physical therapy, labs and X-rays; and the like; unlimited hospital visits and stays; certain chronic care and rehab; full prescription coverage; and unlimited specialty consultations. For the employee and the entire family. There are no deductibles, no co-pays, and only a $35 monthly fee taken from an annual salary of $158 thou. Thirty-five dollars!

The group awarded this insurance looks forward to a full pension and continued coverage until their deaths. Quite a few, most in fact, were millionaires before they took on their jobs that got them such a perk. Who gets this coverage? It would be nice if it were the underprivileged or the chronically ill and debilitated or our veterans.

But no. For starters, the 535 members of the U.S. Congress, and add to that the few hundred in the upper executive and judicial branches of government. They are also members of a demographic group where seven were arrested for shoplifting, nineteen for writing bad checks, and eighty-four for drunk driving. This bunch also has an overrepresentation of felony indictments, and a few ended up serving time.

And, they are also the very same group who keeps such credible healthcare proposals and bills like John Conyers’ HR676 and Barbara Lee’s HR3000 holed up in committee, year after year, denying them access to a public hearing and floor vote. In 2005, the president and his cronies up on the Hill voted to slash $10 billion over the next decade from Medicaid. Their own medical benefits stayed intact.

Could it be they don’t believe that the rest of America should share in what they are so fortunate to have? We know better. That is the kind of care that we should all have and can afford.

I have a little problem with the GOP calling Universal Healthcare a government hand-out and telling millions of people why they don’t deserve it.

Actually, I have a HUGE problem with that.

For starters, how can ANY politician in Washington tell ANY American citizen that they should be ashamed for expecting healthcare as a government hand-out.  And how can any of them look that mother raising three kids alone (because the father skipped town) in the eye and tell her the rest of America shouldn’t be expected to pay for her or her childrens’ healthcare?

Let me remind ALL of you, again, that the politicians in Washington get their health care paid for…by you!!!  Seventy-five percent of their health care is free.  They only pay for twenty-five percent themselves, but who pays those politicians $12,500.00 per-month salary?  The government.  It’s fully funded BY the government.  And where does THAT money come from?  You…and your tax dollars.  You are paying for the insurance that those very same politicians are saying YOU DON’T DESERVE.

Ironic.

Oh, and did I forget to mention those politicians get that healthcare coverage FOR LIFE?  Wait, no I didn’t forget to mention that.

So how does it feel, America?  If you are fortunate enough right now to have medical/health care coverage, what would you think if you were but one paycheck away from losing it?  What if you did lose it?  Would you think the very government enjoying free life-long healthcare coverage was being hypocritical for not affording you the very same benefits?

Wow.  That last sentence could have switched this argument back over to the whole gay marriage debate.

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Societies Incurable Cancer

Posted by Seth on June 8, 2009

My family is very conservative and religious. Coming from a small town in West Virginia, this is the norm. One thing that is not normal is being gay. In our “progressive” society, we are taught that gays are sinners, pedophiles, deviants, and a disgusting life form that the world should be rid of. Only if it was known how many closet cases there are you see at family gatherings, the super market, and at church. Are they not considered “sinners” because they’re not out on display for people to ridicule? No. Why? Because they’re the ones hiding behind their finger pointing.

Just because you don’t understand what it’s like to be something you’re not, does not give you the right to belittle, lie, spread rumors, and OH YEAH…JUDGE! How Christian is that to cast your judgment on others while claiming to be pure and perfect. John 8:7 He who is without sin cast the first stone!  But wait…that part of the Bible we’ll just forget exists. Why? Because it impedes our gossip time. Doesn’t God speak against gossip? Oh yeah….Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy. Psalms 101:5

I have been told I “pick and choose what I want to believe” the Bible. Honestly, yes I do. Everyone does! How can you not? There are so many contradictions and implications in the Bible, it is impossible to follow it word by word. Conservatives and the religious claim they don’t, but they do! We have NUTS in this world that say “God hates fags!” or “AIDS is a gift from God!” Both are lies and cries of fear instilled in people by our politicians and evangelicals that “accept donations”. It’s not gays and lesbians that are making this country fail, it’s ignorance from people like Fred Phelps that preach hate. Look at Al Qaeda! How long is it going to take before conservative extremists start suicide missions into AIDS clinics and gay owned businesses? Oh wait…it’s already happening!

Why?! How did America go from “…Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” to “God Hates Fags!”

Homosexuality is NOT a choice! Who would choose to risk the love of their family, their reputation, friends, taking a chance on being beaten to death in the woods, or raped in a school lockerroom, risk their faith for fear that what they were raised to believe is wrong is “infecting” you. Why would someone choose to go through discrimination? It’s like saying “Hey! Wouldn’t it be fun to go back in time and be a slave working in fields being beaten by a whip?” No! That’s just as ignorant as “choosing” to be gay. I’ve been asked before, “How do you know you’re gay?” All I can say is, “How do you know you’re straight?” You don’t and neither do I. It’s not something that can be explained. Why should I have to explain it. I’m not a threat to anyone. I’m not out to “ruin” a family or “take their morals”. I don’t threaten your marriage, divorce threatens your marriage. The divorce rate is now at a staggering 50%! What is the #1 cause? Finances! Not gays!

Another “defense” from anti-gay groups is Sodom and Gomorrah. Don’t throw that in my face. God destroyed the cities because they wanted to gay rape two angels? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure the cities were destroyed because…“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.” Ezekiel 16:48-50. Though I do NOT believe the cities were destroyed because of gays, I do believe there was fire and brimstone falling from the sky. I found it very fascinating when I watched the History Channel, yes I am nerdy, and they were running a documentary on the destruction of the cities. It was not so much a story in the Bible to teach people a lesson, but it was a pretty accurate recording of a geological event. I know it’s very hard for some people to connect the Bible to science, but it is possible. The documentary investigates the possibility that a volcanic eruption occurred at the time this story took place. It is very insightful and fascinating! I highly recommend it!

It saddens me to know that not only my family, but so many others are not willing to move outside their comfort zones to just think! Most of them are just afraid to be proven wrong about what they were raised to believe. It’s almost funny to me. I was always taught to pray for wisdom and learn. I remember his first sermon when our church moved to a new location. He was having trouble getting some of the church members to follow him to the new building. I’m can’t remember exactly why, but I believe it was simply because of the name on the sign outside. Anyway, he got most, if not all, the members to come to the first Sunday service. I remember his first sermons title was “Moving Outside Your Comfort Zone”. I don’t remember what he said in his sermon, but I love the title. I can almost say I kind of live by it. My thoughts are, how am I supposed to grow as a person or a Christian if I don’t have the willingness to learn or see someones point of view. I have to see other peoples points of view. It keeps me humble.

This is just something I’ve been dealing with for a while. I don’t understand how we are all supposed to grow as a race if we live by the instructions of people 2000 years ago. Gays didn’t threaten cultures back then and they don’t now. I just want to ask everyone how do gays and lesbians threaten your religion or your life? Gays aren’t going to convert you or steal your religion. No one can make you do something you don’t want to do. We’re not going to make you go gay and you’re not going to make us go straight. So many people are afraid gays are going to take God and morals away from them. Well, all I can say to that is I’m a gay Christian and you can’t take that from me.

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