Monday, September 26, 2005
Who decided this was a good marketing tool? It's frustrating, dangerous and just plain stupid.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Jodie - you never looked so beautiful. Matthew - you never looked so sexy.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Unprotected Heterosexual Intercourse.
It is no more a disease, disorder, or chosen "lifestyle" than being born with brown hair or blue eyes. Why this debate continues amazes me - just ask one! I will use myself as an example.
I was born and raised in a very (very) rural part of South Dakota - the 3rd of seven children. We only had one TV for most of our formidable years and only 2 or 3 channels that "almost" came in. We had very little contact with other people as we lived in the country. Our parents didn't allow us to sleep over at other people's homes, we were not involved in after school sports or other activities especially in the younger years. My parents were very strict Catholics and raised us in the faith. My parents were happily married and we were, for all intents and purposes, a "normal" family.
Yet I can remember having a crush on a boy in the first grade. Where would I have learned this behavior? And why only me and not the rest of my siblings? This feeling brought me much grief because it wasn't supposed to be that way. Trust me, if this is something that could be prayed away, I would have been released long ago. "Please God, let me be normal" I prayed daily from that first crush all the way into my college years. Mind you, I didn't have sex with anyone until I was 23 years old. Finally in my late college years I changed my prayer - "If this is your will God, let me accept it". Little did I know that both prayers were answered. This IS normal - and finally I can accept it.
The fact is I didn't learn it - I was born this way. I was created this way and so were millions of others in every place and every race. Why would God create so many homosexuals? I'm afraid I don't have that answer. But I'm pretty sure God does have a reason and I doubt he would be pleased that so many people are calling his creation a mistake.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
CURE a cold and the pharmaceutical companies will thrive for a year. TREAT a cold and they can thrive forever! I believe there are already cures for most things these days, but just think how much money these drug companies are making treating these conditions rather than releasing a cure. Go down to your nearest pharmacy - it's not far - there is one on every corner these days. Now look at the wall of products used to TREAT colds. Impressive, isn't it. Now look at the prices. Get it? Now factor in the big ticket ailments - AIDS, Diabetes, Cancer etc. And you can easily see why the pharmaceutical companies are thriving these days.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid. I would LOVE to have someone prove me wrong. What we need is an independent investigation of these pharmaceutical companies. But be sure to keep the Government out of the investigation - after all, these companies are big contributors to the current administration. We need to offer large rewards to "whistle blowers" currently working in these companies and give them protection after the fact. Once we can prove this is happening we will be a very healthy society. Until then - gazundheidt.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
In fact, the Republican party is very familiar with the "Blame Game" and they are quite good at it. How much of the taxpayers time, money and resources were used in the Clinton years on the blame game for everything they could possibly conjure up. Thankfully none of it stuck, except for that mess on a dress.
But now we are dealing with REAL issues. Issues that deal with people's lives. The Bush Administration has handled them all very badly - from the war in Afghanistan where they let Bin Ladin get away, to the war in Iraq with tons of misinformation and no plan to complete the mission, to hurricane Katrina where help simply wasn't there for our own citizens in a desperate time of need. It's not only time for blame - it's time for action!
We need to stop letting these people get away with murder. Yes, I said murder. When our soldiers and innocent Iraqis are dying every day in a war without a plan - it's murder. When people are dying because of a slow response to a natural disaster - it's murder. When people are still being killed by Al Qaeda because we let the ring leader get away - it's murder.
The Republicans used the blame game to impeach a very successful President for lying about a minor sexual incident that was really only a problem between him and his wife. I think it's more than fair to blame this Administration for the real issues that are affecting not only Americans but people around the world. There should be a lot of blame, a lot of people getting fired and maybe even an impeachment. Come on people- let's get revolting!
Friday, September 16, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
In the past we have tried to find one word that generally covers this group of people - Gay, Queer, Homosexual etc. No matter what word they come up with - someone doesn't like it. But I think it is a much better approach than trying to fit everyone into and endless list. Unfortunately I don't have a good word that might work. Any suggestions?
Perhaps what we really need is more vowels in our acronym. Maybe that's where words like "Alternative" come in. How about GABLOSGL (Gay, Alternative, Bi-sexual, Lesbian, Otherwise, Same Gender Loving)? Really rolls off the tongue doesn't it?
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
"We do not discriminate based on Age, Race, Sex, Handicap, etc. etc." and bla bla bla
Each of these groups has fought long and hard to earn a spot on this list - and well they should have. Each is a very important protection. One of the current groups trying to get on this growing list , and one that is certainly close to home for me is "Sexual Orientation". Oh yes, I believe that sexual orientation should be protected because I believe in equal rights for everyone. And that is why I think the list itself presents a problem.
Equal rights for everyone should be a fairly simple concept. Why do we have this list that shows which groups are protected? In my opinion, every person should be protected from discrimination - Period. If you can prove in a court of law that you were discriminated against, you should be protected from this injustice. If I got fired from my long term job because my boss found out I'm gay - and I can prove it, should a Judge refuse this protection because my particular discrimination does not appear on the accepted list? I think not.
In my opinion, the list is not necessary. Furthermore, I believe the list itself creates a type of discrimination. That line in your employee handbook should simply say "We do not discriminate." Lets lose the list.
Oh sure, the Republicans didn't like it when the Democrats were in control, but this is different. The Bush Administration is destroying the very foundation that this country was built on - Freedom, Liberty and Justice for ALL. Instead we are becoming a country that is run on religious beliefs instead of fair legal laws. There is a very good reason why there is supposed to be a separation of Church and State. Christian Americans may not agree with Muslim Americans on religious views, but most will agree with laws that protect our people as a whole.
Hopefully my opinions in this Blog will help people understand why this is important and how it is affecting our lives as Americans. I'm not going to sit back and let my freedoms be taken away bit by bit. I'm revolting!
I hope I do honor to these two friends of mine by using this opportunity to voice an outrage in this country. It seems absolutely crazy to me that after all these years together in a committed relationship, these two were still not recognized as a legally married couple. If this is not marriage - I don't know what is. Of course these two men didn't need a legal document to share their life and love together but it really is important. Consider the following:
- Any hospital could deny them the right to see each other because they are not considered "next of kin"
- They can not claim each other on any tax documents
- Short of a will, neither has any legal claim to their partners property
- A family member of the deceased could legally take away any jointly owned property from the surviving partner.
- The list goes on and on.
These things can, and frequently do happen in long term gay relationships - and it's a shame. As Jim and Martin have shown, Marriage is way more than a legal document - but the document is important none the less. And these rights are "Legal" rights - not "Religious" rights. When it comes to legal rights - every American citizen should have EQUAL rights. That's all we ask.
Rest in peace my good friend Martin. You made a difference in this world - to me and many others.
Monday, September 12, 2005
President Bush has only one thing to say to the victims of Hurricane Katrina - "I'm sorry it took so long". Anything else is pure BS. Didn't hear that? Didn't think so.