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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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

OLIVER/ONZIEMA




Former The Daily Show correspondent and temporary host John Oliver has a show that airs on Sunday nights at 10 PM (ET) on HBO called Last Week Tonight. Portions of the program are regularly updated to its YouTube channel.

Last night is why the show needs to be expanded to one hour.

John Oliver discussed on the progress that the United States has made in LGBT rights but at the same time has had elements of the religious right influence harmful policies on LGBT persons in other countries such as Uganda.

The portion of the program concluded with an interview with LGBTI activist Pepe Julian Onziema. Mr. Onziema still lives in Uganda and is trying to change hearts and minds over this discriminatory policy.


The second part of the interview aired online after the program ended and is provided below.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

#TWEET20K



Well, it happened to be a sports related tweet.

Here is to 10,000 more tweets.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

10TH CIRCUIT COURT RULES ON UTAH SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASE



On Wednesday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals headquartered in Denver, CO ruled that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in a 2-1 decision. This is the highest court so far to rule that bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional.

The 10th Circuit covers Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Currently there is a case concerning Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.

A Boulder County, CO clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses towards the close of business on Wednesday after the 10th Circuit announcement. However, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is saying those marriages are invalid given that Colorado has a ban on same-sex marriage at this time.

The Utah decision is stayed pending appeal. Utah Attorney General Missy Larsen is going to appeal this ruling to the Supreme Court. It is very likely that the Supreme Court is going to have to revisit this issue in the upcoming term.

News coverage provided by Denver's ABC affiliate.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DENVER PRIDE FEST 2014



Denver held its annual LGBT Pride Festival over the last weekend.


Good times had by all.

Denver news coverage provided by Denver CBS 4, The Denver Channel/ABC 7, 9 News, and KDVR Fox-31.

RACHEL MADDOW: "SWITCHCRAFT"



COLORADO RODEO CLOWN SHOW



Living in Colorado is a bit of a political shock. Democrats are in charge of The Lege the General Assembly holding a 37-28 edge in the House and an 18-17 edge in the Senate. Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was elected in 2010 during the Tea Party led Republican wave election as well as Senator Michael Bennett who defeated Ken Buck. Senator Mark Udall is up for re-election this cycle who is being challenged by my congressman Corey Gardner (R, CO-4).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

POLITICAL UPSET



Wow



According to a profile on Politico, Brat is an economics professor at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA. This was not the first time that Cantor faced a primary challenge. In 2012, Cantor defeated Floyd Bayne by 60 points before going on to a 17-point victory that November.

Cantor had several advantages going into this election: name recognition, money, and of course incumbency. Why didn't those things help him win on Tuesday Night?

There are a lot of reasons why Cantor lost this election. Here are my takes on it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TWIRLING TOWARDS FREEDOM



"My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball. But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom."
- President Clinton Kodos, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VII, Citizen Kang

I think I found the ideal quote that sums up the Texas Republican Party's convention and platform and the overall state of the Republican Party in the Obama era.

Late last week the Texas GOP convened in Fort Worth for their biennial hate fest convention.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: CARNIVAL CRUZ