When did gays become second-class citizens?

May 15, 2008 | Filed Under Activism, political, religion | Leave a Comment 

Hot off the presses, it looks like California will continue leading the way on equal rights issues and gay rights.

California Ban On Gays Overturned

The news should take away some of the attention from the national election to the issue of gays and marriage.  The California Supreme Court has overturned the ban on gay marriage, setting a precedent for other states to potentially follow their lead.

According to CNN, the California Supreme Court struck down the State’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.  The case came about when several gay couples joined the city of San Francisco and gay activists in suing to overturn the state law.  The law allows marriage to exist only between a man and a woman.  Essentially, it defined marriage as consistent within the religious meaning of the word rather than one based on individual rights.

Can gay rights make it passed the more recent blurring of church and state lines?

There should be plenty of resistance to this outcome from religious and conservative groups seeking to “preserve the sanctity of matrimony.”  This creates a very interesting political question because it pits two constitutional concepts against one another.  (Religious Freedom vs. Privacy)

Looking at this issue from a religious perspective, the problem with creating a law that defines marriage as anything but a man and a woman goes contrary to biblical teachings.  That is because homosexuality is deemed a sin as per Christian teachings and if the state allows an act illegal in “the eyes of God” then the State Law is contrary to biblical law.

Equality for all, live and let live?

The secular response of course is that religion should have no place in development of laws that govern the people.  This is the stance I’d take, particularly because I appreciate more of a “live and let live” philosophy.

Despite the partisan dialogs that will inevitably take place, should religious leaders simply denounce such unions and move on?Why do religious advocates insist upon government intervention on this issue?  If non-Christians and a part of the Christian base believe the state should stay out of the bedroom and/or provide equal rights for everyone, including gays, why are we so behind as a society on this issue?

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A New Brand Of Pissed-Off American

April 15, 2008 | Filed Under Activism, War | 12 Comments 

I am just one American — of hundreds of millions of frustrated Americans — who really hates the new brand of “American Patriots.”

Just this month, Hillary Clinton explained why she believes she is a “better American” than Barack Obama.  John McCain, an American war hero blasts the “anti-American” Americans for not “supporting the troops,”  while Barack Obama clumsily trips over his own brand of Clintonian (Bill) rhetoric and no doubt has his idea of what it means to be an American.

Nationalism Kills

Patriotism has given rise to corporate fraud — see the home mortgage crisis, corporate bailouts and the economic death and resurrection of Bear Stearns.  Patriotism has allowed war crimes to occur with some regularity and go unpunished, while the merits of using torture are now fair game in a scholarly debate.  The average Joe has no problems with torture “because terrorists do it, why shouldn’t we?”  The words torture, treason, illegal, and “cover-up”  barely register on the American radar of justice anymore.

Reality Of American Politics and War

Here’s a reality check for all you woe-is-me propagandists who are focused on these trivial issues that are being used to divide Americans and control the outcome of the 2008 election: American men and boys in uniform are being blown up in the middle east while oil companies are making record profits and our government looks the other way!  Despite myriad American failures, patriotism has allowed an administration to get away with murder, so-to-speak.   Though we, the great Americans, may not see it, the rise of international hatred of Americans is becoming a concern for our government.  Patriotism has destroyed our ability to think about problems and solve them in the name of true justice or liberty.

Despite the illegal invasion of Iraqi soil, the continued illegal occupation of Iraq, the witness accounts of torture and mass murders of civilians by contractors, our media continues to focus on the words of pastors and the cries of American “patriots” who claim to be offended by elitism.  Maybe they haven’t been paying attention, but it is the “elite” that have been running our country for hundreds of years.  Don’t think for a second that you can find your way into the White House without being wealthy and very well-connected.

The betrayal and lies that have allowed propaganda to pass as “debate on the issues” needs to stop or the American spirit will forever break.  Do you still want to talk about how a Yale grad running for President is more or less “elite” than some Harvard grad?  Can we step back for a moment and talk about the real problems?

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Iraq War Angers Grandma

April 7, 2008 | Filed Under Activism, Humor, political | 2 Comments 

Protesting Iraq War

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Best President Ever!

April 3, 2008 | Filed Under Activism, Humor, political | Leave a Comment 

Infamous President George W. Bush

At NATO, this picture is very telling of his popularity world-wide.

President Bush Hated

It isn’t just his reputation that is in the gutter, the United States is the laughing stalk of the global economy and if not for our history and “super power” status, we’d be lucky to be invited to world events.

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Did FBI Murder Martin Luther King, Jr?

April 3, 2008 | Filed Under Activism | 2 Comments 

I’m not a conspiracy buff myself, but among the recently declassified notes that the media had a field day with were a hint of how terribly petty and corrupt our FBI was under J. Edgar Hoover.  The wiretapping and propaganda perpetuated in the wake of 9/11 to justify illegal spying on Americans is reminiscent of MLK’s times.

From AlterNet: “the FBI has some explaining to do abou MLK

“Dangerous,” “evil,” “colossal fraud,” were the choice terms that then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and other top FBI officials routinely spit out about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They didn’t stop at name calling. They talked ominously of “neutralizing” him as an effective leader. And even more ominously they sent him a letter flatly saying “King you are done.”

For all of the praise that Martin Luther King, Jr. has received over the years, you would never imagine the FBI having a role in his assassination.  What was it about him that the government feared?  Was this all a ploy concocted by racist white people in charge?  Was it yet another Republican conspiracy in the making?

The FBI’s name calling, paranoid harassment and violent threats brutally and disgustingly captured the secret and patently illegal wiretapping of King. This is not smoking gun proof that the FBI had a hand in King’s murder. The tapes do raise the legitimate question: What did the FBI know and when did it know about possible attempts on King’s life?

Why rehash the past, we’ll never know what really happened.  Is there any new evidence of government corruption?

Americans certainly deserve to know the whole truth bout the killing of King. But there are two truths about the murder. The first is painful for those who fervently believe that James Earl Ray was a Lee Harvey Oswald-type patsy and that the government orchestrated King’s killing. Yet, the evidence is still overwhelming that Ray was the triggerman. His fingerprints were on the alleged murder weapon. He was at the crime scene, and he confessed. At different times before his death, Ray gave conflicting, confusing and muddled accounts of his activities and whereabouts at the time of the murder.

The one certainty is if citizens ever found out that the federal government and its agencies had a role in killing prominent political figure MLK, Jr.  or even JFK, Bobby Kennedy, and other prominent political figures, the country might end in chaos.  Maybe chaos is what we need to spur an American Revolution, perhaps it is time to refresh the tree of liberty?

I rarely comment on comments, but below is an excerpt of one of the users who posted on the site linked above.   There was a time when intellectuals could toss around words like “conspiracy theorists” or “wing-nuts” or “crazy”, but after everything we’ve see from the Bush Administration, those words should be placed in a deep fryer and obliterated.

The best evidence that the FBI was involved in Dr. Kings murder is by what is not in their files. They had whole teams of agents following him around for years. The scumbag conservatives today still love to talk about all the evidence they collected (through illegal wiretaps) of his alleged indfidelity. They have page after page of records of every single time he moved from one place to another and almost every time he sneezed.

But they don’t have any evidence of what happened the day he was murdered. No surviellance reports from the teams of agents, no audio recordings from his hotel room. Where were the brave FBI agents who were supposed to protect and serve that day. Shouldn’t they have rushed from their hiding places rendered first aid to Dr. King and boldly apprehended his killer red handed. Oh, that’s right Hoover said that he didn’t have any agents there that day. Yeah right, that dog don’t hunt. Whether they stood down to let it happen or pulled the trigger themselves they are still involved. I’ll never have any respect for the FBI until they take the name of that racist self-loathing crossdresser from their headquarters and make amends for all the crimes they have committed over the years.

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Jesse Ventura For President!

April 2, 2008 | Filed Under Activism | 1 Comment 

Ventura made some great points in his interview on the Larry King show.  He calls the war on drugs ridiculous because we go after drugs on the demand side rather than the supply side.  He ribs on Lou Dobbs for being so anti-Mexican and demanding the borders be closed.

“The fence that goes up to keep people out, 10 years from now will be the fence that keeps people in.”

Jesse Ventura was gutsy, his frustration was evident in saying that every President that he’s been under has lied to him.

“This isn’t the first war we’ve been lied about.”

Larry King interviews Jesse Ventura

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I think he made a lot of new fans after last night.  The poll at the end of the show said 85% of viewers would love to have him run for president.   I have to admit, he won my heart and mind with that interview, he’s got my loyal support in whatever he decides to do.

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Ron Paul Thinks Bernanke Is An Idiot

April 2, 2008 | Filed Under News | Leave a Comment 

Few non-partisans would disagree with Ron Paul’s assessment on the federal reserve and the future of our country and economy.

They say they want a Revolution,…

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“We’ve really given up on freedom of market place” and more “collusion of business and government” which “causes bubbles to occur, then prevention, and a vicious cycle continues.

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Jesse Ventura For President?

April 2, 2008 | Filed Under Elections, government, Interviews, News | 2 Comments 

Larry King interviewed Jesse Ventura last night and had a number of interesting questions for the former wrestler-turned-politician.

Mr. Ventura spent most of the interview trying to turn the conversation to revolution and the sham that has become our political system.  He called for destruction of all political parties and said people shoud run on their own merits and that it is the two-party system that has harmed our country, he pointed at the economy and war in Iraq as a joint effort by both parties and insisted that he would never participate as long as the only options for president are Republican or Democrat.

“I never vote Democrat or Republican,… I will pick someone else, a libertarian on the ballot. Someone else. I will not vote for a republican or democrat. I don’t do it every election — I wish they would allow none of the above on the ballot.”

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Ventura says he won’t run for President because the bar has been set too high for independents.

 ”they make an independent like me jump through 50 different hoops,… every state has different things you have to do to qualify to get on the ballot”

In addition to the criticism of our democratic system for being unfair to independent thinkers, he insisted that he wasn’t bitter about his prior withdrawal from politics.  His wife was suffering from illness at the time and he said he would put his family before anything, it was a no brainer he contended.   In all, Jesse Ventura looked like a strong prospect for an independent or libertarian run.

Ventura was certaintly not lacking in enthusiasm, although some of the analysts brought a bit of their ideology to the debate and it did take some of the wind out of his sails.  He wanted no part of the Hillary Clinton / Barak Obama primary discussion, although he did say he respected and admired Hillary Clinton as an intelligent politician, he had no interest in talking about the system in place.

Is it possible that Jesse Ventura will run for President?  No, not very likely, but he did say that if the sham system were replaced with something fair that no candidate would stand a chance.  He called Republicans and Democrats afraid of him because they know that he could beat them with his hands tied behind his back.

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Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Exposes President Bush’s Lies

March 26, 2008 | Filed Under War | 1 Comment 

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that President Bush has been lying about Iraq, war and the cost of his political agenda.

In 2005, a Nobel prize-winning economist began the painstaking process of calculating the true cost of the Iraq war. In his new book, he reveals how short-sighted budget decisions, cover-ups and a war fought in bad faith will affect us all for decades to come.

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Retired Major General Walter Stewart Cries A River Over Clinton Comments

March 26, 2008 | Filed Under Elections | 1 Comment 

I’m the last person you’d find defending Hillary Clinton’s lies, but the latest headline of the NY Post was a bit too much for me to contain myself.  If you’re unfamiliar with Hillary Clinton’s latest “misstatement”, she basically said that in 1996 she landed in Bosnia under sniper fire.  The media has made much over the issue and rightly so given how she responded to the Reverend Wright nonsense with Barack Obama.

Here’s an excerpt from the NY Post: “Now Bunko Hill Is Under Fire

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lies about risking her life under sniper fire during a visit to Bosnia as first lady have infuriated the US military brass and troops.

“She has no sense of what a statement like that does to soldiers,” fumed retired Maj. Gen. Walter Stewart, the former head of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

“She is insulting the command in its entirety,” he said yesterday.

Are you kidding me with that public comment?  Just as politicians should keep away from the day-to-day affairs of the military, the military should stay the hell away from politics because they have no business spreading propaganda in that area given that they receive a paycheck from the U.S. government.  It’s not even the fact that the Major chose to interject his commentary into this most irritating Clinton situation.  The fact that Mr. Walter Stewart would suggest that soldiers are demoralized and insulted by Hillary’s stupidity is dumb.

My first thought was man the heck up Walter, or would you rather me pull out my violin and play a sad song so you can tell us what else you feel?

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