Sunday, January 31, 2010

 
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John Edwards Babby Daddy,Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA)


what a difference a couple of months makes.....John Edwards.....I remember going to this rally and actually crying because I thought that he was something so extraordinary, he really inspired me. Give an unsuccesfull candidacy for VP. Now Edwards is someone's baby dadd. AND Edwards is kicked to the curb by Elizabeth. I say good for her the hell with him. This is one of my favorite pictures of Robert at the Anti-War.with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) She was extrordinarily genuine and had a rock the size of a moonrock diamond on her hand. It was right after her speech you can get to by the linkto hundreds of thousands of people. She was the most dynamic speaker of the rally.

What A Difference A Day Makes

This picture I took in 2008 when the prick was running for President. [Update: John Edwards has been indicted]


From Drop Box

What a difference 5 years make. An accusation of an affiar with a video woman, and then turns out to the be babby's dady.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Real State of The Union

This was taken from my online journal from January 20, 2004......yes some of the Bush references are obviously outdated, but it's uncanny what is still true. 

THE STATE OF THE UNION


Forget the speech full of empty promises, forget the media platitudes and ersatz adulations, forget wishful thinking. If you want to know the real state of the union, take a good look with your eyes.
See the millions of unemployed, many with advanced college degrees? THAT is the state of the union.
See the high-paying jobs flowing to other countries? THAT is the state of the union.
See the dollar in decline and nothing left to arrest the fall? THAT is the state of the union.
See corporate executives looting their own companies and then walking free? THAT is the state of the union.
See the schools that lack basic supplies? THAT is the state of the union.
See the closed emergency rooms? THAT is the state of the union.
See the holes in the roads? THAT is the state of the union.
See the rolling blackouts? THAT is the state of the union.
See the defense budget bloat to half a trillion dollars? THAT is the state of the union.
See the new nuclear weapons the US Government is building? THAT is the state of the union.
See the billions in tax dollars pouring out to foreign governments? THAT is the state of the union.
See the American women and children sleeping in alleys and eating out of trash dumpsters? THAT is the state of the union.
See the empty storefronts and commercial vacancies? THAT is the state of the union.
See the closed factories, the rusted foundries, and the abandoned mills? THAT is the state of the union.
See the soaring bankruptcies and foreclosures? THAT is the state of the union.
See the poverty and starvation? THAT is the state of the union.
And then there are the things you don't see.
You don't see those nuclear weapons Iraq was supposed to be building. But we invaded Iraq anyway. THAT is the state of the union.
You don't see chemical or biological weapons we were all assured Saddam had. But we invaded Iraq anyway. THAT is the state of the union.
And most of all you don't see the United States looked up to as a bastion of freedom, law, and democracy any more. You don't see the United States looked upon as a moral leader any more. You don't see the United States looked on as a leader in technology any more.
And THAT, my fellow Americans, is the real state of the union.

Getting To The Point of No Return

DADT was one of the highlights of Obama's State of the Union.  Like I said on twitter last night, I'll believe it when I see it.  He has promised and stated many times that he is a 'fierce advocate' of the gay community.  Well Obama...where is your advocacy? It's nice that he stated that as a goal, but just saying he'll work with congress and the military is weak.  Words don't mean a thing unless their supported by action.  Fierce advocate?  I think not. If something big and I mean BIG doesn't happen soon in the arena of gay rights, I swear I'll not vote for that man again.  I am so disenchanted with his administration I can't even put it into words.



UPDATE:

Pres. Obama is Asked What is He Doing Now to Ensure Equal Rights for Gays


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Latest Update on Thom

the last we heard he is hoping to head home today or tormorrow depending on arrangements being made with United.  his cell phone number is 312...  remember the time change - he's 2 hours later than we are, so text him at a reasonable time when he's likely to be able to answer.  also, Mary texted with him yesterday and he said he was exhausted, cranky and very ready to come home.  just, fyi. 
hope the John reports are continuing to be good.  i'm sure there will be setbacks, but our prayers are that overall he keeps on the road to recovery. Dad and i are heading down to Mexico on Thursday, back on Wednesday, Feb 3.  Staying with the Baumanns at their swanky resort instead of the less than swanky place we usually stay at with Sandy and Ron Schmidt.  She's (Sandy) not well enough to travel so our plans are slightly different this year. 
keep in touch - love, love love love - m

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Memoirs? Just for the sake, or obsessed, whatever it's semantics at this point

I have been listening to my favorite Renee Flemming while composing a very large document, EVERY single journal entry that I've posted online, whether on my old website otb.com or now this one one blogspot.....wanna know how many pages 497 motha flippin pages! HAHA!!!! And now that I think about it, I have 2 very large boxes of papers, of letters that I've sent to congresspeople, senators, mayors, ceo's about issues that I believe in. I've often thought of writing a book about 'first time activisits' and give people some tips on how to get your voice heard amoungst the masses.  I think this is a pretty major step in that direction...Nice!

I'm sure the (my) internet stuff is going to stay on the web infinitely....I mean most of this stuff I got from www.archive.org which is a fantastic source say, if someone deleted a post, or something, that site has the queue of every site on the internet. Mind boggling.  And for everyone to see.

here's a playlist of Renee Flemming....as I indicated track 2 will take you to places you've never been before.  TRACK 2

 http://www.lala.com/#memberplaylist/12801P59586/Rene
i just realized you have to be a member to listen to the track, I highly highly HIGHLY recommend LALA they are an amazing music site, and were just purchased by Apple. plug over.
here's a google earth image of Port au Prince, Haiti....where my brother and countless others are going and helping the ravaged people.

 
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Work, Family and Haiti

Well one chapter in my life has officially ended. Do you remember the bigot? Well it turns out that he was fired because I don't even know what happened...I try not to pay to much attention to him. So anyway, I hear through the grapevine that not only when he got fired he couldn't just be honorable and take responsibility for himself. He had to take others with him. So what he did was call the regional manager (going over the GM in our store's head) and told him about my relationship with Vince, and also another managers relationship with a woman. So apparently there is some rule about managers co-habitating and both the girlfriend of the other manager and I were summarily fired. Last day...tonight. So, as a result I'm feeling a bit melancholy. It took me a long time to find the job that I was at, and now it's back to the grind. The other thing that bites my ass is that a bigot was instrumental in getting me removed from this job. I should feel at least good about myself that I did the best that I possibly could at that job, and I left with integrity and will get a good recommendation.

On another topic altogether, my best friend John is in the hospital. He's doing so much better....there was some scary moments with him. He went in for a spine surgery on his T-7 vertebrae and the initial surgery was successful but there was a point where the nurse when in to wake him up and he wasn't responsive. So they called a Code Blue, and had to do some chest compressions to recessitate him. His blood pressure was 40 over 17 if that gives you any idea of the severity of the situation. Anyway, he's recovering well in the rehab part of KUMed and is on his way to a speedy recovery.

Another thing that I should mention is that I got an email from my mom the other day and she told me that my brother Thom is going down to Haiti to help tend to the wounded down there. That news brought a flood of emotion through me. I am so overwhelmingly proud of him and the friends that went with him. Words can't express how proud I am of him. It's a mixture of pride and just a general concern and worry about his safety. It's gotten me quite emotional and every time I talk about it or think about it I get all choked up because I love him so much and I want him to be okay and make the biggest contribution to the most hopeless situation I can ever remember. I just send out my positive energy to him, and send him love and all the energy I can muster. I'll keep on writing about his experience. I know for sure that he borrowed my other brother Mike's video camera, so he'll have some footage when he gets back. I'm sure it's going to be a life transformitive experience. I can't even imagine. I am so enormously proud of my entire family and am filled with gratitude that I have such a group of people that I love so much.

oh ya,....oh my god I can't believe it....my friend Chris asked me to go to the E L T O N J O H N concert on Feb 27th! Thank you buddha for that!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bukeka's acknowledgement of me *falls on the floor*

try this again

 
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I am totally humbled and have an immense sense of gratitude towards Bukeka...please check her new album out at www.morebukekamusic.com and buy buy buy here album. It's worth the price and more!


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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Some Days Are Diamonds Some Days Are Stones

 

I took this picture in June in Florida. This is towards the exit of Manasota Key called Stump Pass, where as you can plainly see there are parts of the pass where it isn't that deep...the guy who was piloting this boat wasn't too lucky the day he got stuck. Looking back at the picture today it just seemed like a perfect metaphor. Some days you get stopped in your tracks, some days you get out in the pass and into the gulf which turns into Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stones...by an all time favorite John Denver
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love this guy!

 
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What a stunningly gorgeous family we have as the first family. Leave it to Annie Lebowitz

 
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