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Dem or Repub

13 May

So, here’s the deal… Four years ago I bought into some of the conservative rhetoric with regard to Barack Obama. More importantly, I had (and still have) a big issue with his stand on capital gains taxes and estate/inheritance taxes. (Personally, I feel that the govt. has no business taxing an estate that is already the sum of whatever was left over after the deceased paid taxes on wages/salaries, etc. while BUILDING up their estate. What he or she chooses to do with his/her personal property when that individual passes on is/should be up to the individual and the government shouldn’t get “another crack at it with their wretched, thieving little hands.)

So with these things in mind and my own doubts with regard to Barack’s true allegiance, I cast my vote for McCain. It wasn’t easy; it was very difficult in fact because I’ve never voted for a Republican for the seat of President. Other seats, certainly (I like to mix ’em up and judge the individual on what I believe he or she stands for; not what party they identify with as a general rule but as for president, I’ve always voted the party line until this last election.) I had no real reservations about doing so and perhaps if the Republicans would pull their heads out of their collective assholes THIS year, I’d do the same … but I won’t.

No, Mitt Romney has sealed my vote. Not because Barack Obama came out on the side of marriage equality (let’s face it; his track record on a great number of things, including those concerning the LGBTQ community, is fluid – meaning that he changes his mind about as often as he changes his underwear I suspect). HOWEVER (and please listen to what I am about to say, folks!) … I file my taxes at the beginning of every year just like every other poor, aging and befuddled sap who watches helplessly on while his or her hard-earned money is taken away for the “supposed purpose of doing good works” at the bequest of the IRS. True, our government has a helluva HORRIBLE record as regards any demonstration that they know better how to spend my money than I myself do — but come April 15th of every year, my dues must be paid in full (or so they say).

One would “think” this would buy me, at the very least, equal representation as regards how my/our elected officials govern but in my case that isn’t always the case.

And now I hear that this ass-hat, Mitt Romney (should he be so lucky as to be elected president), not only has a problem with marriage equality (that’s not news) BUT ALSO has a problem with civil unions and as well, would like to see a FEDERAL AMENDMENT which would define marriage as being between ONLY a man a woman. People, we don’t live in the dark ages any longer. Homosexuality has LONG SINCE been removed from the list of psychiatric illnesses and REASONABLE people agree that it isn’t something a person “chooses” but rather something you have no choice about. Your sexuality is something you have no control over, even if you can choose whether to “accept it” and/or to act on your sexual orientation.

The bottom line for me is I am a homosexual; I have been my ENTIRE LIFE. I didn’t choose to be attracted to members of my own sex; it’s just how I’m wired. I’m not ashamed of being attracted to men. Perhaps I’m ashamed of some of the decisions I’ve made during the course of my own life from time to time (I’m certainly not perfect by any stretch of the word) but I’m CERTAINLY not ashamed of anything that, in part, defines who I am as a person and over which I’ve no control.

I was also born right here in the United States and I’m proud of this country. I’m certainly not always proud of the actions that some of our elected officials have taken over the years and by no means am I proud of some of the comments made and actions taken by some citizens of the U.S. who believe it is their right to insist that everybody live by THEIR ideals and constructs (as regard to religious believes and/or civil/secular ideas of what is right and what is wrong). Provided you are not harming another or infringing on the RIGHTS of somebody else, PLEASE DO live your life as you see fit – but don’t tell me that what I am doing is wrong when my own actions and beliefs are not harming you. And don’t elect some conservative, right-wing, hatchet-job and moral NUTCASE to the office of the president just because HE is playing to your religious values by stating that he too wants to bar me (or others like myself, who are homosexual) from marrying the man or woman that we so happen to love and wish to spend the rest of our life with. There are over thirteen hundred and forty rights, provisions, protections and benefits that can be applied to a couple who are married to one another. JUST BECAUSE my relationship doesn’t happen to look exactly like your own does not mean that it is any less real, any less productive or any less meaningful!

And since I’m paying MY FAIR SHARE of freaking taxes each and every year in order to be a citizen of these United States, wouldn’t YOU THINK IT FAIR that I be able to enjoy the same level of protections and be afforded the same rights as any other tax-paying citizen? If you don’t then please do feel free to delete me as a friend from your facebook page because I have no use for assholes who cannot understand this issue simply because they are too closed-minded to reach down into their souls and REALIZE that discrimination, on ANY LEVEL at ANY TIME is WRONG.

To those in the government; SHOULD you decide at some point in time to implement an amendment at the federal level, banning marriage equality for those of us who identify as homosexual, know this. At that point in time I will consider it to be the final slap in the face to those of us who identify as such. I’m not in a relationship; I’m not even seeing anyone at the moment and don’t see it as something I’m likely to be doing anytime too soon – but this is an issue I feel strongly about on principle. As one who is PAYING the salaries of those representing us and working in government positions, I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay “an EMPLOYEE” to act so insanely insubordinate toward me. if an amendment is passed “at the Federal level” you can kiss my ass while I keep my hard-earned money to myself. Another words, don’t COUNT ON MY taxes, assholes – you’re fired!

So that you know, I’ll be casting my vote for the Democratic party this year. Even though I’m still not happy with the crap that is going on in Washington, D.C. and CERTAINLY not happy with what I’m hearing about Obama’s health care reform… That said, I’m NOT going to help put some freaking prejudiced NUTCASE into office – a person who has already clearly stated he hasn’t a care in the world for representing my interests as fairly as any other citizen with whom he might more readily identify with. Screw Mitt Romney – and I don’t make that as an offer of sexual favors! As far as I’m concerned, if it comes down to choosing between a man who openly desires to screw with my interests at a Federal level … or somebody who is screwing EVERYBODY over equally well, well, I’ll vote for the latter. Why should I be the only one to suffer just because the conservative nut-jobs can’t wrap their heads around what is right and what is fundamentally wrong, secularly and civilly speaking. since Mitt appears to be the best the Republican party has to offer, screw them (and screw those who are helping to put him in the driver’s seat).

It might be too late for THIS election but at the very least I would ask those who identify as Republicans to think long and hard about what you’re doing when you openly support such outlandish politicians who live only to discriminate.If you don’t like my opinion and/or wish only to argue about this in an attempt to justify what you SHOULD know in your heart is wrong, feel free to delete me as a friend here on facebook. I simply do not have the patience any longer to suffer idiots.

A family member suggested that this was like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I “somewhat” agree with him but at the same time, disagree. I very seldom vote for a person based on one issue. However, this is precisely what many within the conservative base do at every election. There are those who “think” they know me but those who really do (know me) know that I am very conservative as regards some issues and very forward-minded or liberal regarding others, with the balance of my values, beliefs and opinions laying somewhere in between. (I identify more with the Libertarians than I do with the Democrats… but as long as I follow my heart while casting my vote, I could not care less which party I’m registered with or if I’m voting for their guy – or gal.) As Michael’s comment suggested, that isn’t always the case with votes. Many DO base their vote “one one issue” or justify it by voting along their party lines, REGARDLESS of what their candidate may or may not believe.

What galls me however, is that so many people use the b.s. reasoning that this country is founded on Christian principles; that Christianity is somehow to credit for America’s very existence. This is how some justify their willingness to vote people into office who would further perpetuate prejudice and discrimination against those of us whose life partners are of the same sex, who simply wish to take our relationship to the next level by expressing the same level of commitment (through marriage) and have access to the same 1,341 rights that any other tax-paying citizen of these United States would/do enjoy. (The same as those who are in a committed, married relationship with his or her partner of the opposite sex.)

Religion is a part of our history but not for the reasons such people would like to believe. The truth is that the principles upon which this country was founded clearly indicate it was formed with the belief that we have just as much a freedom “FROM” religion as we have a freedom “OF” religion. Not all of the founding fathers were “good tithing Christians who attended church on Sunday.” The beliefs of some ran very contrary to what one thinks of most often when he or she is thinking about Christianity; some were even atheists.

I could go on and on about this but you get my point…

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A Lesson in Socialism

20 Nov

Satire?An email has been floating around the internet, intended as an attack on Barack Obama and the present administration. It’s no secret I’m not much of a fan of Barack Obama (really not much of a fan of ANY of the politicians in recent years).

Regardless of what you feel about the present administration, the lesson that follows is a wonderful opportunity to give some thought to where our country is headed. Some might argue the point but I feel we’ve settled for mediocrity for quite a while now. Recent generations, in my opinion, have this attitude of “entitlement” rather than the drive to get off their butts and work for what they want. Welfare is, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous programs we have ever dabbled in when it comes to politics. It creates a class of people who are unwilling to do for themselves (and the way it’s presently set up, it even rewards those who are willing to put an even bigger strain on the system by having yet more children). It’s classless and an abomination in my eyes—but I digress.

I may be registered as a Democrat but as regards some of our public policies, I much more readily identify with the Republicans. That doesn’t mean I’m either impressed by or that I intend to vote for the Republican nominee [again] in the next presidential election. (So for those of you reading who are much too conservative for my taste, don’t get so excited you make a mess all over yourselves. LOL) In truth, I’ve no idea who I will be voting for yet; I’m disgusted by everybody who is running for office at the moment (and don’t expect that to change by the time the elections roll around). Maybe I’ll write in the name of Ron Paul.


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“First Lady” or Prostitute?

26 Jul

(You be the judge…)

Photo of Michelle Obama, First Lady from Hell

Dear American Taxpayer

For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country.

I want to thank the hard working American people
for paying $242 thousand dollars for my vacation in Spain..

My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff
and various guests had a wonderful time.

Honestly, you just haven’t lived until you have stayed in a $2,500.00
per night suite at a 5-Star luxury hotel.

Thank you also for the use of Air Force 2 and the 70 Secret Service
personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.

Air Force 2 (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate according
to Government Accounting Office reports) only used 47,500 gallons of
jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2.
These are only rough estimates, but they are close.

That’s quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say.
So, we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient
cars and drive less too (so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint.

I know times are hard and millions of you are
struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet.
I do appreciate your sacrifice and do hope you find work soon.
I was really exhausted after Barack took our family
on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago.
I just had to get away for a few days!

Cordially,
Michelle (Moochella) Obama

P.S. Thank you as well for the $2 BILLION trip to India we recently went on.
Love ya, mean it!

P.P.S. Oh, I almost forgot to say thanks also for our two-week trip to Hawaii
at Christmas. That 7,000 square foot house was great!

Remember the 2012 election is not too far away!!
It’s you little people who make our lives so wonderful.

Related Links:

New York Times: First Lady’s Spain Vacation Draws Criticism

At the time I posted this blog entry and according to 100LL.com, the cost of jet fuel on the eastern seaboard ranged from $5.96 to $6.00 PER GALLON. What does this mean to you? Only that you paid approximately $283,100.00 for the witch, her daughters and their friends to take a leisurely vacation to Spain. How “hopeful” are you feeling right about now? Just askin’ cause I sure as hell didn’t vote for the son-of-a-bitch and he hasn’t really done much personally as regards the leveling of the playing field for those (like myself) who have endured years of discrimination for being gay. Now I’m not only a second-class citizen but I’m no longer a member of the “Middle Class” either because it damn well doesn’t exist!

Carbonfund.org: Speaking of carbon footprints, the Obama administration and waste… Check out the logo on this website. I don’t believe the site is in any way affiliated with the current administration but the logo is strangely familiar all the same.

breadfortheworld: Urging our nation’s leaders to end hunger

Chicago Tribune: Ever wonder what it cost the American taxpayer every time Air Force One is put into action (never mind the daily, routine maintenance)?

TaxPayerTREASUREhunt.com: I do not vouch for the accuracy of the site but it does give a lot of information to consider (and as well, estimates the cost of operating Air Force Two at roughly $14,552.00 per hour).

About.com’s5 Wacky Myths about Obama” (interesting)

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Why I Did Not Vote for Obama

14 May

artwork depicting two people staring at a placard of There are any number of reasons one can give for not casting his or her vote for a particular candidate. For me it all boiled down to Barack Obama’s position on inheritance and capital gains taxes; well, taxes in general.

My attitude has always been that our government gets only one shot at taxing any and all revenue earned by an individual. Once my salary is taxed, that’s it(!); the rest is mine to do with as I see fit and that includes when I croak/die/am-rotting-in-the-fucking-ground. The taxes were paid; what’s left at the end of my life, I will decide what to do with and nobody … ESPECIALLY a government that cannot see fit to exercise good judgment in the first place … will decide this “for me!”

For that reason and pretty much for that reason alone, I did something I had never before done in a presidential election before; I voted for the Republican candidate (and I plan on voting for the same party in the next election, assuming Barack runs for re-election … and there is no reason to think he wouldn’t).

You might be wondering why I’m writing about this today

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — which is nothing more than a merry band of freaking thieves and thugs — is choosing to invoke a provision that has “rarely, if ever, been enforced.” I am certain they are moving forward and motivated by the sitting president and his clothes-horse of a wife. The IRS is considering whether or not to penalize donors of large sums of funds to politically-minded advocacy groups, forcing those same donors to pay taxes on the gifts they have given. Hussein, I mean, Barack is pissed off because some of those groups have been working against him. Tough shit, prez! “Many of us in your own party are working against you, prez! You get a failing grade from this particular Democrat!


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A Little of This; a Whole Lotta’ That!

14 Dec

Cartoony photo of Yahoo & sad smileyAs another year winds down to a close, so too do jobs for 600 employees of Yahoo. I won’t comment other than to say that having been laid off ON CHRISTMAS DAY in 2008, I feel for them and the sentiment that I feel for those making the decisions at the highest levels of management at the company is, “kiss my ass you sorry s.o.b.’s!” (I mean, really, they didn’t know what they were going to be doing six months earlier? They HAD to wait until the holidays to hand out the pink slips. Personally, I hope every one of the asshole managers chokes on his or her Christmas dinner.)

And they say “Scrooge” is dead(?)… Very unf**king likely!


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Did Anybody Hear the Bell?

18 Nov

Republicans vs DemocratsI seldom listen to the radio while driving these days. Mostly because I just enjoy the quiet while I’m travelling from Point A to Point B (although I do listen to audio books when I’m traveling for lengthy distances like, for instance, between here and my hometown to visit family. That’s a 500-mile trip and it gets rather boring if you don’t have something to keep your mind preoccupied during all that time. LOL)

Anyway, I’ve been listening to talk radio the last few days while driving to and from the office where I’m working as a temp. Maybe that’s not such a good idea; all it’s managed to do for me today is piss me off.


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A Mosque in Manhattan

15 Aug

Click on photo to see one of the best photos, in my opinion, that has ever been taken of the Twin Towers in New York City.I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t been thinking about this ever since the news first took to the national stage. Collaborative efforts between two groups (the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative) have targeted New York City for the site of a 13-story community center which includes a Muslim mosque.

“What’s the problem”, you might ask? It isn’t so much that I have a problem with the proposal (and I admit that I do), but that I feel it’s in bad taste.

This is one of those times when I find it difficult to set aside my own prejudice whereas the Middle East is concerned. The loss of even ONE life, as the consequence of violence in the name of an extremist’s cause is too much but MANY lives were needlessly snuffed out on the day of the terrorist attacks in NYC on September 11, 2001. Regardless of whether the motivation behind the building of this center is of good intentions or not, surely those who are trying to build it in such close proximity (which is tasteless in and of itself) to Ground Zero must be able to understand why so many oppose it.


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My Response to The Anti-Obama Rhetoric

04 Apr

Barack ObamaI’m so tired of receiving the anti-Barack emails (from both, friends and family). It’s true that I greatly disagree with George Walker Bush on many, many fronts. I have made that no secret for several years now. I’ve my own reasons for feeling as I do about GWB, in part because his administration was quick to let go of a personal friend of mine (as well as a friend of that friend’s) who worked in D.C. as soon as the Bush administration took office. This was done on the basis that both of these individuals were/are gay. I’ve nothing against anyone for having a healthy faith of any kind but when one uses that faith to justify his or her own form of discrimination “in government” – I will take issue with them and I won’t back down. Given some of what I’ve witnessed over the past eight years it’s difficult for me not to favor the “Separation of Church and State” (more and more so with each passing day).


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An Open Letter…

27 Mar

Photo of Barack ObamaA member of my family (could just as easily have been anyone else) recently sent this email with a number of anti-Obama bumper sticker images. No problem; detractors of George Walker Bush, myself included, have done the same (of course, we had a much easier target).

The difference is Barack is barely in office and already those who oppose him expect “all of our problems” to have been resolved. We didn’t get into this mess overnight and I won’t pretend to blame George Bush for all of it (although in my opinion he’s done a considerable amount to stir the pot). It’s going to take more than eight weeks to put some distance between ourselves and eight years of “Moving America forward,” a failed road trip at the wheel of the previous administration. It will take considerably more than eight weeks to effect lasting change on an economy that is clearly in the toilet. It will take more than eight weeks to pull our troops back home from the Middle East.


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Rush Limbaugh, Is He NUTS?

12 Mar

Photo of George W Bush, Rush Limbaugh and Paul Shanklin (parody)Is it just me or do you share in the disdain I feel for Rush Limbaugh and Paul Shanklin (pictured to the right with George Walker Bush). I didn’t vote for Barack Obama but that doesn’t mean I liked John McCain either. I had reservations about both men and to be honest was [again] left to feel unhappy with the options we had to choose from during the last election.


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