It’s That Time

October 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I realize there’s not much we can do about the way politics in this country play out but the time for the one and only thing we CAN do is now upon us:

Just Do It!

You can make your opinion known by hitting the polls on Election Day, or if you’d like to avoid the crowds, anytime before then.  A quick internet search can help you find the polling place nearest you and I don’t even care who you vote for (that’s not true, but I won’t TELL you who you should vote for).  Just make sure you vote because if you don’t, you lose all rights and privileges to bitch and moan about the Commander-in-Chief for the next four years.

Just sayin’.

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Well, Big Bird’s Not Happy

October 4, 2012 at 11:50 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

So, there was a little debate last night.  If you have any sort of access to television, the internet, newspapers or crazy hobos on the street, I’m sure this did not slip by you unnoticed.  I did watch and I’ll admit to some eye rolling and disgruntled sighs – I’ll also admit that this pertained to both candidates.  And the moderator.  I’ve been doing some thinking and I firmly believe that if we invoke Nickelodeon’s use of getting slimed, we would have much more entertaining political debates.  Just think – every time one of the candidates misstates a fact, hems and haws around the truth or goes over their designated two minutes (incidentally, I don’t think any one of the three men on stage knows how to count), they would get slimed in front of a live national audience.  All in the name of truth!

I can see them now…

Speaking of truth, there’s a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that does a lot of fact checking on the things being said by both presidential candidates.  Here a link to some of the checks they did from the debate last night, in case you were wondering exactly what was and wasn’t correct.  It by no means covers everything but it does encourage us all to do a little digging of our own rather than just blindly believing everything our favorite guy happens to say.  Because after all, knowledge is power!

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Progress (little by little)

December 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

On Saturday, the Senate voted to repeal the 17-year old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act in the U.S.  Military.  DADT was put into play by Bill Clinton, who had hoped it would allow gay and lesbian men and women to serve within the military a bit more freely.  However, over 13,000 soldiers have been discharged due to their sexuality alone since DADT was created and it forced anyone else with same sex preferences to keep that basic part of themselves hidden.  Imagine serving in a war overseas and not being able to talk about missing your boy or girlfriend.  Those servicemen and women who were discharged due to this bill were denied from serving the country they love based on who they happened to fall in love with.  They were denied from serving a country that they aren’t even allowed to get married in (talk about kicking someone when they’re down).  But things are changing.

The big vote came after an exhaustive Pentagon review  found that allowing gays to serve openly posed a “low risk” of disruption and that a large majority of troops expected that it would have little or no effect on their units.  This is not shocking to anyone who happens to know anyone who is gay but it is shocking that it was such a concern for so damn long.  The bill has now been sent to President Obama, who will sign the entire thing into effect.  GLBT’s already in the military are discouraged from coming out just yet though because until everything is said and done, there’s still a small chance they could get in trouble for being who they are.  And even though the votes are in, things won’t be changing overnight.  Regardless, this is something that the Obama administration has promised to do for a long time and it’s a huge relief in the gay community to see it actually happening.  So, here’s a huge THANK YOU to the President and all of the Congresspeople who voted to make this happen – it’s something that should never have been in place to begin with and it’s about damn time it’s over!

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