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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.

Friday, February 21, 2014

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH







On Tuesday, Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott hosted a campaign event at El Guapo's Restaurant in Denton along with rock musician Ted Nugent followed by an afternoon stop up US-287 in Wichita Falls.



Nugent is considered a hero in Republican/right wing circles given his stances on firearms. Let's take a look at some of the things that Nugent has said in the past.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

THE DAILY SHOW: BETTER OFF RED



COLBERT/MOCK



On Tuesday night, comedian expert television pundit and truthiness pursuer Stephen Colbert interviewed Redefining Realness author Janet Mock.

Ms. Mock earned her bachelor's degree in fashion merchandizing from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and followed up with earning her master's in journalism from New York University and worked . Ms. Mock made her status as transwoman known in a 2011 Marie Claire article.

Janet Mock has brought transgender issues to the forefront in her use of social media by using the Twitter hashtag #GirlsLikeUs and teaming up with Orange Is The New Black actress Laverne Cox to better present these issues to the general public. Ms. Mock was named one of the 15 most powerful gay celebrities of 2012 and made the inaugural Trans 100 last year. Among one of those added to that list was this person.

Colbert begins the interview with a segment on transgender issues such as how Facebook is allowing users to select from as many as 50 gender options and Ms. Mock's interview with CNN's Piers Morgan.

Provided below are both the segment and interview.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WHY ELECTIONS MATTER



The gentleman on the left is Mark Herring. The gentlewoman on the right is Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.

Monday, February 17, 2014

PRESIDENTS' DAY 2014



SENSELESS VIOLENCE



On Saturday evening, a Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty on four charges, three of them attempted murder and one count of firing into an occupied motor vehicle.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the fifth charge: the first-degree murder of 17-year old Jordan Davis. Being unable to reach a verdict resulted in a mistrial. Florida could re-try the case, though with Dunn being found guilty other charges he is looking at a lengthy prison sentence. Each attempted murder charge carries a maximum of 30 years in prison while the firing into an occupied car carries a maximum of 15 years. In total, Dunn is looking at spending a century in prison. His sentence will be handed down at a hearing next month.

What prompted Dunn to commit this act of violence?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A HISTORY LESSON ON "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"





On Sunday night during the Broncos beat down Super Bowl XLVIII, many companies used the game to air creative commercials. Some were good, some bad, and some meh.

Cheerios aired this ad of a family announcing they were going to have another child (and bring a puppy into the mix). It was the same family featured in this ad that prompted me to provide some commentary on the topic back in June 2013.

Coca-Cola aired this ad which featured America The Beautiful sung in different languages and featuring different groups of people.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

SUPER BOWL XLVIII




It is finally here: Super Bowl XLVIII.

For the 7th time in the network's sad great history, Fox will air the Super Bowl. So... for the last time this season...

ASSUME FOX VIEWING POSITIONS!