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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

All opinions that I express are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

THAT WAS NOT A FUNNY JOKE




THE GOP IS BECOMING A 'BROWNFIELD' (by Chris Matthews)




JON STEWART INTERVIEWS RUSS FIENGOLD





REMEMBERING AMERICA'S FORAY INTO SPACE (by Chris Matthews)




THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF COLONEL JOHN GLENN'S ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH



BACK IN BLACK (21 February 2012)




Saturday, February 11, 2012

AND NOW… AN ANDREW BREITBART SIGHTING



Remember Andrew Breitbart? Of course you do.

Here he is confronting protestors that were outside of CPAC.


EMBARASSING TO…. WELL, ANYONE



Here is a “hip hop” performance during one of the sessions at CPAC.


Did they just say the N-word during the performance…? Listen closely at 1:50.

It might be KNICKERS, but given the current state of the GOP it wouldn’t shock me if they said “it”.

Ugh…

Again… shaking my head.

Friday, February 10, 2012

THE ATTACK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH NEEDS TO END NOW



Governor Rick Perry was at CPAC this week and had this to say:

“Last year I proudly signed a budget that ended all state funding for Planned Parenthood in my state. Since then there’s been about a dozen of those clinics that shut down in the state of Texas.”- Rick Perry at CPAC

Governor, how does defunding Planned Parenthood balance the state budget? How does it keep our public schools from closing? How does it keep fire fighters employed? How does it improve our infrastructure? How does it promote a responsible energy policy?

As someone who has a mother, several aunts, grandmothers on both sides of his family still living, a sister, and a young niece, this is downright disgusting.

The attack on Women’s Health needs to end now.

Women must have access to health care in order to manage their own bodies. That includes access to birth control pills, breast and other cancer screenings, gynecological examinations, reproductive assistance technologies such as in vitro fertilization, and if necessary undergo a procedure to abort a pregnancy.

Women must have access to health care without fear of reprisal. These are medical decisions made between a medical provider and their patient and those decisions must be respected.

The Sonogram Bill that passed the Texas Legislature in this most recent session is a gross violation and a blatant disrespect of an individual’s right to privacy. Republicans say they want government out of people’s lives... unless you are a woman, then they have to inspect your uterus.

Yes, I am a man. However (comma) as I stated before, I know women through my family relationships.

As a fellow human being, this attack on Women’s Health is an outrage. It does not solve the real problems facing our country.

SAME TIRED ARGUMENTS


Thursday, February 9, 2012

ELLEN ADDRESSES HER J.C. PENNY CRITICS



Apparently there is a group called “One Million Moms” that got upset that retailer J.C. Penny named Ellen DeGeneres as their company’s new spokesperson.

First, J.C. Penny is not backing down from their decision. Good for them.

Second, an interesting person has come to her defense and all LGBT people: Howard Stern.

Listen to this commentary from Howard Stern and Robin Quivers (It’s Howard Stern, there is language. Discretion is advised).


Third, here is Ellen DeGeneres addressing the “controversy” and also the Ninth Circuit striking Prop 8 down as unconstitutional.


Ellen’s right. She stands for traditional values like treating people kind and fairly unlike the “One Million Mom’s.”

Maybe we need to adopt those values instead.

STATE REP. MAUREEN WALSH (R-WA) REMARKS ON WASHINGTON STATE’S MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL




The bill is currently on its way to Governor Christine Gregoire’s desk where she will sign it into law.

CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #375 (CENSORED)



Aired after The Big Bang Theory on 2 February 2012 from Chuck Lorre Productions: The Official Vanity Card Archives

Forgive me a moment of political reflection, but I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss something that's been on my mind for a very long time. I've always understood the Republican Party to have, as its central platform, the idea that human beings should never be dominated by a monolithic government which tells them how to live their lives. I like that. It feels like a fundamental truth, and I can't imagine any right-minded person finding fault with it. I've also noticed that there are many in the Grand Old Party who insist on telling people exactly how they should live.

For example: Alcohol, yes. Pot, no. Straight marriage, yes. Gay marriage, no. Jesus, yes. Others prophets, no. The death penalty, yes. Abortion, no. Capitalism, yes (by force if need be). Collectivism, hell no! Added to this is an inclination to find anyone who chooses these other paths to be deeply repugnant.

All of which causes me to wonder, is there a middle ground?

In fact, are there big political gains awaiting those of a conservative bent if they can figure out a way to celebrate individual freedom while simultaneously tolerating diversity of opinion and lifestyle?

With that in mind, I humbly propose the following slogan designed to both embrace this paradox and ignite the general electorate in the coming presidential campaign.


CAL THOMAS’ COMMENTS ABOUT RACHEL MADDOW



Ah… The Conservative Political Action Conference is underway in Washington, DC. Let’s take a look…


Here’s my rebuttal to Cal Thomas’ comments:


“It looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your mama's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress. I think you've been cheated.”
R. Lee Ermey as the character GySgt Hartman USMC in the movie Full Metal Jacket

Stay classy GOP!

SENATOR BARBARA BOXER (D-CA) SPEAKS ON THE SENATE FLOOR ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH



THE FINAL ENTRY FOR THE 2011 NFL SEASON




Wednesday, February 1, 2012

BAYARD RUSTIN DEBATES MALCOM X



WINNING OUR FUTURE REPRESENTATIVE IS A LOSER



While watching the returns for the Florida GOP Primary last night, I happened to see this interview between Rick Tyler, leader of the Pro-Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future, and the MSNBC political panel consisting of Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, and Lawrence O’Donnell.



After the interview, the panel joined by Ed Schultz and Steve Schmidt, who was the Senior Strategist for Senator McCain’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, discussed more about the racially charged messages coming from Newt Gingrich.


In short, Rick Tyler’s comments were downright offensive.

Instead of having a hired mouthpiece speak for him, maybe Newt Gingrich should respond directly to what he has said.

I doubt it.