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Where Do We Go, Who Do We Trust…
What do we do?

31 Mar

Snapshot of post by Americans First, as first appeared on Ted Cruz's official Facebook page.The snippet shown as a graphic (at right) is of a post by “Americans First” on Ted Cruz‘s official Facebook page.

Now, perhaps I’m mistaken but I can’t help but think that this is criticism of the job Cruz is doing (not a difficult thing to imagine, I might add) and deservedly so.

That said and as friends already know, I feel there’s equal blame on both sides of the aisle. Both, Republicans and Democrats alike have behaved terribly in recent years/decades. They’ve done anything BUT lead.

At some point it’s as though our country was raffled off to the highest bidder (business, lobbyists, etc.) and our leaders have all but forgotten who they were elected to represent.

I’m angered by that; you should be as well.

Liberal friends of mine say I am “paranoid” by insisting on making certain I’ve ample ammunition for the guns I own but seriously, why shouldn’t I be a little paranoid?

Do you honestly believe we AREN’T in for troubling times ahead and/or some serious civil unrest? I don’t know about the rest of you but I’d like to know that I at least have a chance to protect myself and my family if and when everything goes to hell in a hand-basket.

(People, we can’t keep going at this pace without paying the piper at some future point in time. Our country was founded on the principles of a hard day’s work, honesty AND altruism even. For some time now, we’ve all been taking much for granted and placing our trust in people who NEVER should have held it in the first place.)

Elected officials in both parties don’t represent OUR best interests any longer. No, most of our politicians are in the pockets of big business (and the goal of big business is to “make a profit, at any cost”) or whomever else has a shekel to throw in their direction.

“Americans First” is correct when he/she states our forefathers would be ASHAMED at the state of the Union today.

Our ancestors fought a hard fight for the freedom we all take for granted today – and instead of doing everything within our power to maintain said freedom, we willingly gobble up the crap that our own parties throw out there for us to feast upon. BOTH parties are guilty of spreading disinformation and as well, BOTH parties have contributed to the state of the Union today. I honestly don’t know which is to blame the most — and I really don’t care any longer.

What I would like is for the bullshit to simply STOP but we all know that isn’t going to happen.

What can and should happen is that we need to set aside our own divisive attitudes, admit that regardless of which of the parties we identify with the most, that party is partially to blame and we should start demanding real change and honesty.

We should demand transparency and as high a level of honesty as can be insisted upon.

And on that topic, I get and fully understand that “We the People” cannot be involved in every decision that our government makes. We can’t reasonably expect to be kept abreast of every detail of information that factors into the policy-making decisions of this country as regards international interests and/or military decisions. (If you think that you should then you’re being unreasonable and as well would be setting our own government up for a serious disadvantage at the hands of foreign interests.)

But we obviously should insist on knowing when decisions have been made that are based on lies and deception. (We’ve been in a war for damn near thirteen years because of one such lie, in my opinion.)

When it becomes obvious that an official has been dishonest and is lying, the official needs to go IMMEDIATELY and without any further compensation (in the form of health insurance, retirement, etc.)

We shouldn’t be rewarding bad behavior, either at home or in the State Capitals and Washington, D.C. We should be insisting on honesty and good behavior; after all, how many in the secret service have been held up to such scrutiny? Why are we giving our elected politicians a pass when all others do not get one?

Aren’t good behavior, honesty, respect and hard work values that every well-meaning and responsible parent tries to instill in their children? Why should we expect any less from our government officials, both elected and otherwise?

Many of our so-called leaders are nothing more than children expressing behavioral flaws that, in any reasonable school environment I ever enjoyed growing up would have justified their being sent to the principal’s office or to the corner for a nice “time out!”

So, what is next?

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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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HIV Criminalization

24 Mar

HIV is not a crime.We need to prosecute people who have been diagnosed as having the flu, who then knowingly walk amongst the rest of us in public. After all, influenza can have devastating effects on a person’s ability to function and worst-case scenario, some persons even die because of the flu. Keep your sick self at home; don’t you dare take a chance on infecting the rest of us who are healthy and for lack of a better word, “clean” you dirty, dirty person you!

This same attitude should be adopted as regards people who test positive for human papillomavirus (pap-ah-LO-mah-VYE-rus) (HPV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links several types of cancer to HPV and they estimate that at least 50% of sexually active people will test positive for the virus at some point during their lives. Oh my God! I’m so afraid – I feel the need to crawl back under my rock and never, EVER take a chance on “experiencing the blessing that is life” ever again.

Now let’s talk about Hepatitis (A, B and/or C), another virus of varying strains that affects a growing number of persons in the world today. We should do our part to further stigmatize and criminalize those living with hepatitis. After all, approximately 100 Americans die each year from Hepatitis A and the disease is transmittable. For shame; you people should stay home and keep your tawdry disease to yourselves!

If you’re reading this blog entry and thinking to yourself, “Michael is frikken’ nuts” — rest easy.

I haven’t (lost my mind); I’m just being very, VERY sarcastic in an attempt to demonstrate how RIDICULOUS the criminalization laws affecting persons who are living with HIV truly are.


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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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Humor? Um, Not so much…

20 Nov

Cartoon characature of Maxine sitting in chair

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my
back porch & lovingly filled it with
delicious seeds.
What a beauty of
a bird feeder it was.
Within a week we had hundreds of birds
taking advantage of the
continuous flow of free and
easily accessible food.

But then the birds started
building nests in the boards
of the patio above the table
and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was
everywhere: on the patio tile,
the chairs, the table ..
Everywhere!

Then some of the birds
turned mean. They would
dive bomb me and try to
peck me even though I had
fed them out of my own good
intentions and limited budget.

Other birds became unruly,
boisterous and loud. They
sat on the feeder and
squawked and screamed at
all hours of the day and night
and demanded that I fill it
when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even
sit on my own back porch
anymore.
So I took down the bird feeder
and in three days the birds were
gone. I cleaned up their mess
and took down the many nests they
had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like
it used to be …. Quiet, serene….
and no one demanding their
rights to a free meal.

Now let’s see.
Our government gives out
free food, subsidized housing,
free medical care, free education
and allows anyone born here to
to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the
millions. Suddenly our taxes
went up to pay for all those
FREE services. Now we have to
wait 6 hours to be seen by an
emergency room doctor.
Our child’s second grade class has
fallen behind other schools because
over half the class doesn’t speak
English.

Corn Flakes now come in a
bilingual box. I have to press
‘one’ to hear my bank talk to me
in English, and people waving flags
other than ‘Old Glory’ are
squawking and screaming
in the streets, demanding more
rights and more freebies.

Just my opinion, but maybe
it’s time for the government
to take down the bird feeder.

If you agree, pass it on; if not,
Just continue cleaning up the poop.

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It all started with “Gun Control”

01 Oct

Folks, what I’m about to share is a rant but I feel that it needs to be said. It isn’t a quick rant (I know, that will come as a great surprise to many — LOL) but I’ll make it plain and simple, for all to understand, Democrat and Republican alike.

I registered as a Democrat early in life (once I came of voting age, LONG ago) because “I mistakenly thought” the party had my back and would somehow, eventually succeed in pushing through the legislation necessary to level the playing field for LGBT couples. I honestly don’t care if the unions are called marriage, civil unions (whatever the hell you want to call it), so long as the union comes with the same 1141+ rights, privileges and responsibilities that a government-recognized marriage comes with. If a couple loves one another and are committed to one another, they’ve every reason to hold the expectation that their relationship WILL BE recognized when it matters the most.

  1. If one of the two is hospitalized, that the other WILL be recognized as family and no institution would be able to keep the two apart and that lacking the wherewithal and being of sound mind and body, his/her partner would be able to make life-saving decisions for the one he/she loves.
  2. That worst-case scenario, when one predeceases the other, his/her surviving partner will not be tossed aside and thrown out of the home they both worked so hard to purchase and build (just because the deceased’s homophobic, uncaring and/or greedy family decides they’d much rather achieve some personal gain at the expense “of that faggot who corrupted their brother, sister, aunt or uncle”).
  3. And each year come time for the Government to again rape and pillage its citizens (under the guise of collecting those God-forsaken taxes that they’ve NO FRIGGEN CLUE HOW TO SPEND RESPONSIBLY), that homosexual relationships would count for something, just as any other committed heterosexual’s relationship; that same-sex loving and committed partners would have the option of filing jointly “if they so desired.”

These are ONLY A FEW of the reasons why I feel so strongly about marriage equality BUT LEST YOU THINK THIS IS THE ONLY ISSUE I GIVE A CARE ABOUT, YOU WOULD BE VERY VERY MISTAKEN.

I am truly disgusted by BOTH parties, Democrat and Republican alike, at this point in my life. I’m disappointed in the Democratic party for not pushing the envelope on issues they should be raising and as well, at them for sometimes doing so in a way that is detrimental to the overall health of our country. I’m pissed off at the Republican Party for seemingly being comprised of so many openly homophobic rednecks who cannot see past their own prejudice and still believe that being gay is only about sex. BOTH parties are so agenda-driven and addicted to power, they no longer seem capable of representing the citizens of this wonderful country in a way that is healthy for us. Instead, they consume their time in office with party-politics and campaigning for “more time to do nothing.” We waste more resources creating legislation that reverses legislation that the opposing party somehow managed to get through (when they had a majority on the hill – were in power) that it’s NO damned wonder that it’s so unlikely that anything of real value ever gets accomplished in Congress any longer. (And do NOT get me started on the Internal Revenue Service, our country’s officially-recognized thugs, enablers and bastard sons and daughters of all that is evil and wrong in the world. Oh, was that a bit harsh? It’s a description they have worked very hard to earn in my most humble of opinions!)

I’m disgusted COMPLETELY at both parties for being so self-serving, non-reactive and spending us into oblivion.

The economy is in a bad way (putting it mildly) and it’s only going to get a whole lot worse until we, the citizens of this great nation, stand up and hold our elected representatives accountable to the extent they do their job.

Just as importantly (perhaps even more so), we should all recognize we each have every bit as much responsibility in getting this train wreck of an economy back onto the tracks.

Last evening, I had problems accessing the Internet and had to call AT&T’s support line; where do you think I ended up? In India, that is where. I’m writing AT&T a scathing letter that will explain why I am now seriously considering cancelling my DSL, home phone and mobile service in the very near future (once I find companies I’m convinced I might be happier with, to replace said services). You see, I pay AT&T over $200.00 collectively, each and every month, for their crappy service and when I need to speak with a technician or support personnel to resolve an issue, by God, I want to be talking to an American who speaks English, right here in the United States. How much would you like to wager, AT&T receives credits of some sort from the federal government and they’re sending jobs overseas?)

I am also completely fed up with having to purchase crap-merchandise that is manufactured in China, India, Thailand or Indonesia, all because big business has closed its doors here within the states and moved their factories overseas. I recognize elected POLITICIANS have had some influence in these decisions, what with taxes, both personal and business, rising, rising, rising… A company is compelled to cut costs where they can and certainly the federal government has not made it easy for family-owned, small (or even substantial), local businesses operating here within our country to stay strong and competitive when they feel they can outsource jobs, more easily and at a lower cost, overseas.

And we’ve stood idly by, expecting that the problem would not grow worse, worse, worse while our taxes are continually rising, rising, rising and the jobs go away, away and AWAY!!!!!

Now some half-baked, nitwit of an Attorney General wants to say I, as a citizen of this great nation, do not have the right to own and bear arms (when I myself feel I need to maintain that right, if for no other reason than to PROTECT MYSELF and my loved ones from the tyranny of an ever-failing leadership that seems hell-bent on increasingly stripping its citizens of one right after another). Seems to me that our government (or somebody) wants us to be defenseless and at their sole mercy. Sorry but that will NOT be happening! As my father said when he was alive, “They can take my guns from my COLD, DEAD HANDS (and not a moment before!!).”

Am I concerned with the rising violence in this nation? Yes, I am.

Do I believe gun control is the answer? No, I do not!

The issue at hand is to address (CLEARLY AND FORCEFULLY) that which is at the root of much of our violence. The drug cartels and those who manufacture and/or bring drugs into our country illegally, sneaking them across our southern borders. The problem is with the rising popularity of “gangs” (they’re of no damn use to me!!!) The problem is with the rising unemployment rates and an ever-lessening number of jobs that are available within our own borders. The problem is with the decline of good public education.

Here’s a novel idea; let’s try “SUPPORTING OUR TEACHERS” instead!! Let’s give them the resources necessary to not only teach and encourage our children to reach for new heights, but to discipline those same children when they’re misbehaving and/or preventing OTHERS from learning in our public schools. The problem as I see it is that current generations are more concerned with what they mistakenly feel is “owed them” — than they are with figuring out how they themselves can not only do FOR THEMSELVES but also, how they might make their communities a better place to live in. Let’s quit wasting money on subsidies for the children of illegal immigrants and as well, set aside this ludicrous idea that the public curricula needs to be taught in both English and in Spanish just because of the vast influx of illegal immigration into and across our southern border. Let us take the money we’re spending on having school books translated into Spanish and instead hire the best teachers and really “teach” the children of good, tax-paying citizens who deserve the best that their tax-dollars can buy.

Do the children of illegal immigrants deserve an education? I’m not saying they don’t but I believe the first issue at hand is that they 1) learn there are consequences for breaking the law, and 2) that while America IS a great nation comprised of many different nationalities, we DO require that you at least follow the rules and enter our borders legally. If you haven’t enough respect to do this, why should we want you here and why should we expend the resources to teach your ungrateful ass at our expense?

Perhaps the biggest problem of all is that far too many have lost the
motivation to take pride in themselves, in their families, in their local communities and in the nation as a whole!

Maybe, just maybe, we have grown so accustomed to receiving the second, third and fourth-rate representation from our elected officials that we no longer feel we’re deserving of any better. We’ve forgotten what it was that our forefathers were fighting for when they rose up in arms and broke free of the tyranny of a British crown that placed troops among us, taxed us and gave us “no say” in how we lived our lives. That is, after all, much of what goes to the root of our uprising and fight with Great Britain when we first declared ourselves a sovereign nation.

And now some hack-job, Attorney General, wants to say we’ve no right to protect ourselves with force if the need arises? Wrong! I’ll keep my guns thank you very, very much!

And here’s another thing, mister Attorney General (and all those in government listening in)… If you do not have the money, DO NOT spend it!

I have one credit card, which I use sparingly and pay off every month WHEN I DO use it. I don’t spend what I don’t have. As one among many in our government, LEARN HOW TO BALANCE THE FUCKING BOOKS! If you do not have the money, don’t spend it. Don’t give loans to countries that have no intention whatsoever of paying us back and/or are going behind our backs to work against us! Don’t spend money with the expectation you can raise OUR taxes to make up the difference during the coming year or in the years to come! Don’t spend the money “just because it is ear-marked for your use.” — if the expense isn’t really necessary, give me my damned money BACK! You work for me, not the other way around!!! Did you ever hear of a “Savings Account”? This wasn’t such a strange idea years ago… We were taught from the earliest age on, to save our money up for something we might want down the road (or just “for a rainy day when things were tough”). Clearly, our present form of government doesn’t recognize the need to save where it can, in order to lighten the burden on its citizens and govern responsibly. They increase spending during good times and in bad, with no thought to what it means for the future.

GET A CLUE OR GET THE HELL OUT ALREADY!!! (That is my message for those elected to public office)

Sincerely and with all true intent,
Michael R. Marshall

One citizen (among many, I imagine) who feels
disenfranchised, misrepresented and abused by his elected officials.

If you agree with the sentiments expressed herein, feel free to share this message with your friends and family. I only ask that if you’re doing so via email that you consider doing so as a “Blind Carbon Copy” to prevent others from harvesting email addresses easily for spamming.

The email-forward that pushed me over the edge and motivated me to write this “rant” appears below. (Know that one day I will be dead and gone and on that day the cares, disdain and disappointment I have in and for our politicians this day will be of no use to me whatsoever. It is our future generations who will have to take up the cause and speak their mind, or rather instead, choose to live with mediocrity. Ask yourself this, “Do you want to be a part of the solution, or an enabler of the problem?”)

Own a Gun? Please Keep This Moving!

Guess they weren’t happy with the poll results the first time so USA today is running another… Vote now!

Attorney General, Eric Holder, has already said this is one of his major issues. He does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms. This takes literally 2 clicks to complete. Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today. It will only take a few seconds of your time. Then pass the link on to all the pro gun folks you know. Hopefully these results will be published later this month. This upcoming year will be come critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court’s accepting the District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms.

Here’s what you need to do:

First – vote on this one.

Second – Launch it to other folks and have THEM vote – then we will see if the results get published.

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There is one distinction I would like to make about the issue of guns… I’m not in favor of owning or selling fully-automatic assault weapons; please don’t for one moment believe that’s the issue here. No, when I myself am talking about the right to bear arms, I’m talking about handguns, rifles, shotguns; the kinds of weapons that are used for self-defense and or hunting to put food on the table. Fully-automatic weapons are (or should be) intended for our armed forces; for the men and women who are tasked with defending our “country” and its borders. I don’t need a fully-automatic machine gun to feel safe and empowered so don’t for a second think that is what pisses me off when I hear the phrase “gun control.”

But to pass legislation that prohibits U.S. citizens from legally owning handguns, rifles and shotguns ONLY makes those who are law-abiding citizens, who believe in the right to own and bear arms, into criminals. If one thinks for a moment that the “existing criminal element” will willingly give up their guns because two branches of the government have said they must; well, that’s wishful thinking and irrational thinking/stupidity on the part of others. The ONLY thing radical gun control could ever really accomplish is that it would remove the ability for each one of us to lawfully protect ourselves from those criminals who DO have guns — and that isn’t something I’m willing to resign myself to, now or ever.

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Sanctimonious Santorum

23 Sep

There are many who claim I am liberal (if only because I’m registered as a Democrat). Trust me, my attitudes on a great number of matters are far from liberal but I really don’t give a care in the world if others believe this or not. Read my blog entries with an open-mind and really grasp what I’m saying and you’ll recognize this for yourself. If you don’t then you’ve an agenda of your own, trying to convince yourself of something which simply isn’t true. (Another words, it’s your problem; not my own.)

Even so…

I would rather identify with a liberal when it comes to the matter of equal rights than with those closed minded, rednecks who would go so far as to actually “boo” a soldier as he simply asks a question of one who wishes to be elected to the position of “Commander in Chief.” The question was about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that was recently repealed. This courageous service member was boo’ed during last night’s debate on Fox news! Steven Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, had asked Rick “sanctimonious” Santorum the question, “under one of your presidencies do you intend to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?”


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The Challenge of Being Homeless

27 Aug

I embedded a YouTube video made by Jerry Day in my previous [blog] entry, entitled “Smart Meters: Future or Failure?” and upon further digging found several additional videos (and a wealth of talent) as expressed by the man.

One issue that is close to my heart is Equality; equality as it pertains to how people of all ages, backgrounds and stations in life are perceived and opportunities opened up to them “equally” to pursue their happiness, protections and … well, just the basic services we all require to thrive in life.

Much of my focus is on marriage equality and issues that appear to be directed toward the LGBTQ community. That is only natural as I’m a homosexual man myself; these things, I have a personal stake in and therefore am inclined to express a higher level of involvement and interest in but such issues are not the only ones that are of concern to me.

(It was the title of Jerry’s video that first caught my eye. LOL!!!)

In Jerry’s own words:

I used to work in Hollywood and had many encounters with homeless people. Always curious about how people become homeless and how they survive, I would observe and interact. Later I was hired by philanthropic organizations to produce videos related to homeless issues. It is not surprising that what we call “mental illness” is responsible for a large fraction of homelessness. This song explores the thoughts of a homeless man who drifts in and out from fantasy to reality against the backdrop of some of the images and events I witnessed on the streets of Hollywood.

“Helping the homeless” is a misnomer. They cannot be helped or served as a group. They must be helped one at a time by a friend who truly cares. Help cannot be prescribed at arm’s length, it must be discovered through intimate knowledge of the individual to be helped. It must be based on the particular needs and wishes of the person to be helped, not on the opinions and presumptions of the giver of help. We must realize that some cannot be helped, and most cannot be helped in the ways we assume they need.

Much of what we call “help” for the homeless are simply ways to prevent them from degrading our environments.

I once asked a dirty, drifting homeless man what the rest of us, society, could do that would help him. He said “Let me sell things. Pencils, toys, whatever. When I try to sell things the police arrest me for not having a Vendors License, I tried to get one but the city will not give a Vendor’s License to someone who does not have a permanent residential address.”

Well what do you know? The greatest obstacle to upward mobility and self sufficiency is government, that thing that is supposed to “equalize” society and provide the “safety net” is the thing keeping the homeless right where they are.

I am ashamed and disgusted at a city government that wants such “fees” from people who can’t even afford housing. Has city government gone insane? If a city politician ever says they are “helping the homeless”, ask them what they are doing to simply allow the homeless to earn a living. All they have to do is call off the cops and cut out the phony “fees” they charge. Begging is OK but selling is not? What does that say about our society?

Government is run by politics, and politics says that a lot of voters want those “dirty scary people” out of sight. We still have a long way to go to find the right approach, much less real solutions for homelessness.

— Jerry

After clicking on the link to access the video, I listened to the song and read what he had to say about the issue; I was impressed. The concern over “the homeless” is another that has been close to my heart for the better part of fifteen years. I’ve no personal reasons for taking an interest in the challenge; It’s just something I am drawn to. So much so that for the longest of times, I always kept coupon/gift books for meal combos from McDonalds, Burger King, etc. in the console of whatever vehicle I was driving at the time. This allowed me to provide a meal for someone who appeared to be down on his or her luck when the opportunity arose.

There are those who will argue the homeless are so because they choose to be. While I admit that may be the case for some, I’m convinced that is by far and apart not the case for most.

I remember how, while visiting a gravesite in Fort Worth in the dead of Winter for a friend of mine buried there, I was on my way back home when I drove by a group of homeless huddled against a building off the main street. I couldn’t ignore what I knew to be the right thing to do, so I drove back to the nearest fast food place and purchased an [estimated] eight combo meals with drinks and took them to the group, apologizing that this was all I could do (that I had no blankets in the Jeep that might help to ease the cold). Even in the face of what I did do, I still felt guilty for not being able to do more.

It’s not funny but the homeless have a way of drifting in and out of my life without warning. I can be standing outside of a restaurant talking to a friend after church services and somebody who’s “down on their luck” can walk directly up to me and ask for help, acting as though my friend doesn’t even exist. That’s happened on more than an occasion and it’s not like my own associates aren’t sympathetic to the issue (they very much are, usually) but I’m the one who seems most likely to be approached for some strange reason.

I’ll admit, it is sometimes quite aggravating and annoying, as if the Universe is constantly reminding me I’m not the only one who “has problems” I know I’m not, for if you look closely enough, we all have reasons to be joyful and thankful. Likewise, we all have our fair share of issues in life.

I’m reminded that one cannot appreciate the blessings were it not for something against which to compare.

My prayer is that one day the challenge of the homeless will be won and (on that day), those who had been without shelter and a means to provide for themselves will be able to look upon their lives in comparison to where they had come from — and be both, proud and thankful for the blessing that is then theirs.

Namaste,
Michael

Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Show

One cannot help but be moved to tears by this amazing young man; Sung-bong Choi.

When Sung-bong decided to sing on the Talent Show “Korea’s Got Talent” he had no idea that he would win the hearts of millions all over the world!

His story of his childhood is so moving that even the judges had a hard time keeping their composure.

He told the judges that even though he didn’t think he could sing very well, he sang because it made him happy.

They couldn’t have been more surprised.

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Governor “Goodhair’s” Conduct

27 Aug

What those in the know REALLY want to say to "Governor Goodhair"

I’m non-partison these days but what does that really mean? It means I’m equally disgusted with members of BOTH of the primary political parties, Democrats and Republicans alike. (Can’t say I’ve been highly impressed by the Tea Party either.)

Those who’ve been reading this blog long enough already know I’ve pulled no punches whereas my disdain of George W. Bush is concerned (simply put, I don’t like him or his partner in crime). Barack Obama is for the most part equally as disturbing, disenchanting, unimpressive and an all-around ass. Joe Biden? The same…

Here in Texas, we’ve another good-old-boy trying to gear up for the next presidential election; Guvn’er Rick “Goodhair” Perry. It’s rumored he’s dabbled a bit in the pickle jar (speculation as to his sexual orientation and past connections with another in Texas government) but I’m hoping the rumors are just that; rumors and nothing more.

Given what I’ve been reading about Rick of recent, I’d much prefer to think of him as one who bats exclusively for the other team.

But this isn’t a blog entry about straight vs. gay

No, this is about my disgust at yet another self-serving politician who gives the appearance of having abused his power. I believe that Gov. Rick Perry should be investigated for, at the very least, the misuse of public funds.

It seems as if all it takes is a sizeable donation toward Rick’s political-war-chest and you stand to reap all sorts of political and financial benefits in the State of Texas. Don’t believe me? Read all about how “Perry Mines [the] Texas System to Raise Cash for Campaigns” in The New York Times.

I realize he’s unlikely to be the only one guilty of such misconduct but that’s no excuse. I’m all for transparency in all levels of government. Our elected officials need to be held accountable for their actions and we need to stand up and make certain they’re not only voted out of office but brought to justice as well, with no 2nd chances to run for ANY kind of public office in the future.

Kind regards,
Michael

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Special Privilege

23 Jan

Just a quick blurb to share a link to an interesting read by Vincent R. LoCascio; the book is titled Special Privilege and is available entirely in PDF format (you don’t have to buy it if you don’t wish).

As for myself, I haven’t yet read the book but plan on doing so. I just stumbled across the website while looking for something to use as the base/starting image for a new blog entry related to an email forward I just received from my brother. (More on that later.)

At any rate I wanted to share the book with others here. Let’s face it; our economy is in the crapper and our government is doing very little to make things better. In fact, they’re seem hell-bent on making it worse in fact … and have been so for some time now.

Namaste,
Michael

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