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Silent No More

Posted by Daniel on August 30, 2012

It’s Time We Were ALL Heard

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It’s Not About You…Don’t Shoot!!!

Posted by Daniel on August 16, 2012

It's Still Not About You

A man who had been a volunteer at The DC Center for the LGBT Community (a community center for gays) walked into the lobby of the Family Research Council – a conservative political organization, made a negative comment about what the FRC group stands for, pulled a gun and opened fire, authorities said.  Police and the FBI are investigating why the armed man, identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., entered the front lobby of the conservative group, argued with the guard and opened fire. But one law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the suspect made a negative reference about the group’s work and what it stands for before shooting.

The Family Research Council, headquartered in a busy downtown DC tourist district, strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion and says it advocates ‘‘faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion.’’ The group maintains a powerful lobbying presence on those causes, testifying before Congress and reviewing legislation. Its president, Tony Perkins, said the group’s main concern was with the wounded guard.

Here’s where I make a prediction…and I will be on the mark with it…watch and see.

I predict that the issue of this shooting will focus purely on the fact that this man, in addition to whatever else he had in his life, was a volunteer at a GLBT Community Center.  This will, of course, be spun into some grand scheme regarding the LGBT community in it’s ongoing agenda.  Watch FOX News and tell me how wrong I am.  Oh, and it’ll also be interesting to see just how fast certain political campaigns clandestinely use this incident in their speeches/ads…we’ll hear it all between the lines.

At the risk of pissing off gun owners (and just for the record, I’m NOT against guns, even though I personally don’t care for them), this is an issue of yet another person with a gun who obviously shouldn’t have had one.  Meanwhile, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum condemned the violence, with some casting it as a hate crime.

“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as `hateful’ must end,” Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama, who was traveling in Iowa Wednesday, was informed of the 10:45 a.m. shooting shortly after 1 p.m.  “The president expressed his concern for the individual injured in the shooting and his strong belief that this type of violence has no place in our society,” Carney said.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in a statement that he was appalled.  “There is no place for such violence in our society,” he said. “My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today’s horrific events.”

The point here is that we keep the focus of this tragic event where it belongs…there are some people who are disturbed who act out alone (remember republicans?  Like when Bill O’Reilly riled up a bunch of Pro-Life zealots, which, according to many, led to the murder of LEGAL abortion provider Dr. George Tiller while he was in church?  Where was the outrage and Hate Crime vitriol from you then?).  Whatever their personal beliefs, I no more believe the GLBT community is sending out gay soldiers to “off” FRC members any more than I believe FRC members incite weak-minded people into thinking gays want to marry your 12-year old son.

So lets just keep the over-reaching theories (like this one) down to a minimum, shall we?  Can we all just agree to agree that this is simply another case of some nut job with a personal ax to grind or mental issue, rather than blaming an entire demographic and a fake agenda?

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We Are What We Do

Posted by Daniel on August 15, 2012

Ethics are the destination...these are the journey.

Over the years, I’ve kept myself pretty immersed in the mission of helping people educate themselves on the topic of politics.  Funny thing about how people seem to cringe when you even utter the word politics…they look at you as though you forced them to suck a lemon.

Honestly, folks, look around you.  Life, itself, is one big political maneuver after another.  Never mind what you have to see on the news or on the onslaught of ads that are meant to confuse some and un-educate others.  I’m not even referring to your choice – or lack thereof – of who would make a better President or Congressman.  No, what I’m referring to is all the political sidesteps we find ourselves enacting in our daily lives and interactions.

Speaking personally, I find myself working (mentally) hard as hell trying NOT to intentionally piss off any of my fellow citizens.  Friends, family, coworkers, drive-thru window voices (hell, even the dogs here at home), etc.  This is, in my humble opinion, far harder a feat to accomplish than running for actual office in that running for office means you don’t actually know too many of your constituents.  So you can bullshit your way through any issue and smile a plastic smile at everyone, even when you don’t know them or give a damn what they really care about.  I believe there are, truly, those out there who genuinely give a shit about what those whom they represent really hold as important to their lives.  They are, however, the exception…NOT the rule.

But closer to home, we have to be far more concerned what those around us think.  True, we don’t always see eye to eye or believe in ALL the same issues.  This is especially true when it comes to family.  We love one another, but we are all so very different.  So we try to hold our personal issues inside.  In my case, I’ve never been so good at that.  With friends I think it’s a different beast entirely.  We get to CHOOSE our friends.  We tend to surround ourselves with people who are, for the most part, similar in beliefs, habits, likes, POLITICS, dislikes, and even attractions.

So where, you might ask, does this compare to the political game?  Simple…choose the wrong direction, wrong issue or even the wrong person with whom to associate and you risk impeachment from the office of “Friend”.  This seems pretty small a reason for people to vote you out of their lives, but then, as in all politics, we don’t truly have control of how people vote when they close that booth curtain, do we?

Well friends, I’m in this race NOT to win, but rather to represent ALL of my friends equally and as honestly as can be done without sacrificing who I am at my core.  I don’t need to use words like morals, scruples or ethics to describe my actions.  I choose to SHOW common sense and fair play for everyone when I interact with them.  My friendship can’t be bought by the highest bidder, therefore I am beholding to no one in what I do or with whom I interact.  My choice of those I call friend (in whatever capacity) is exactly that…mine.  But I work my ass off to maintain as high a standard of confidence with each of them as is humanly possible.  I don’t have to bullshit you (the voters)into thinking I’m behind you every step of the way, and yet mocking your decisions behind your back.  If I think you’re voting wrong, I’ll tell you.  If I give you praise, you bet your ass you’ve EARNED it.  That’s just good politics of life.

Now I just wish this same ethic were shared by those in REAL politics.  Remember who you are.  Don’t fold for the dollar.  Don’t call yourself morally upright and yet lie to/about people or ignore the suffering of those around you because it’s not politically good for your career.  And don’t sell off parts of yourselves simply to make the “right” others happy.

One thing I’ve learned lo these many years, I’m not perfect.  I’ve made mistakes a-plenty.  I even have regrets…some for decisions made and some for actions I’ve avoided out of fear of pissing of the wrong people.  In life we all have a piece of political capital.  I intend to spend mine going for and making the decisions of exactly what I want in life.  And to HELL with losing a vote if it means doing what’s right.

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Hey Undecideds…Piss Or Get Off The Pot!!!

Posted by Daniel on August 14, 2012

..Piss Or Get Off The Pot!!!

Dear Undecided Voters (both of you) and Uneducated Voters (all 40 million of you)…

I’ve done pretty damn good at staying out of the political fray this cycle (and you can all thank the Cobalt distractions for that). Ordinarily by this time my website would be PACKED with my ever-so-clever critiques of BOTH political parties and the lies they tend to spit up just for YOUR votes.  I blame all of you for our current choices.

As of today, however, I’ve decided to take those kid gloves off and start knockin’ the political liars (and their oblivious party line-toting minions) on their metaphorical asses.

Here’s what lit the fuse on my political tampon TODAY:
I happened to see an ad on TV (and believe me, I know 75% of them are pure B-to-the-S!!) that seemed to be bullshit business as usual. There was, however, ONE single word that verbally ice picked my ears…”their”. It was a Romney ad blasting Obama over the EPA regulations. The line went thusly, “Now the Obama Administration and THEIR EPA want to continue their frivolous and overreaching regulations…blahdy blah blah blah…”.The fact that they are portraying the EPA as some sort of an environmental suckfest of everyday Jane & Joe’s wallet and gas tank is not only laughable, it’s utterly and factually insulting to ANYONE with more than a 2nd grade education. This ad makes the uneducated voters believe the EPA is an entity invented by the current administration, and it’s sole mission is to steal from the rich and give to the illegals. Please allow me to point out a simple TRUTH (yes, truth…it’s a word you’re NOT hearing in ANY of Romney’s ads)(make no mistake, I’m calling the lies in any of the Presidents ads as well).

The EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) is an agency of the United States federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal, and local governments.

I’ll point out just one of those standards…Water. Because of the EPA and it’s “frivolous regulations”, you don’t have to drink water that can KILL YOU!!!

Here’s a little piece of trivia for you…this particular ad was funded by (among others) corporations who PROFIT from having no regulations keeping them from dumping waste into our water and onto our lands. They WANT to eliminate the EPA, because that would end regulations and send their already through-the-roof profits clear into space…straight through Uranus!! And they know there s only ONE way they can accomplish this…they need to convince YOU that the Kenyan-born, baby-killing, illegal-harboring, gay-loving, military-hating, wrong-colored so-called invader of the White House RUNS the EPA. So you must be scared into voting for ANYONE else (qualified or not) whom they can strong-arm into eliminating this unAmerican corporate bloodsucker.

Bottom line, this isn’t “Their” EPA. These aren’t “Their” regulations. This is YOUR EPA, people. It’s your life and livelihood they protect. They don’t have to answer to corporate lobbyists or corporate dollars. They answer to you. So vote your party if you must. But don’t vote based on a word.

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